Thoughts on Perseverance: From Charlene

April 19, 2022

Meet Charlene - Ms. February 2010 | Diagnosed at 44 (2001), Re-Diagnosed at 59

My story has two words - cancer and perseverance!

CANCER broke into my life! I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, October 9th, 2001, with IDC. Then with MBC (Metastatic Breast Cancer) which is stage IV, diagnosed November 2017. 

Dwelling on breast cancer negativity simply contributes to its power. So, I stopped focusing on what has happened and I started focusing on what’s going to move me forward (PERSEVERANCE). 

I realized I can’t go back to how things were, or how I thought they were supposed to be. All a person really has is now. Breath air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are. It is so beautiful. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes and there is nothing I can do about it and all I want for now is more Birthdays and Christmases with my family and friends. 

Any cancer is tough…on everyone. I know I’m tough and a fighter, but I’ve accepted my mortality. I have perseverance or as my Me-Ma called it 'piss and vinegar'. 

Always remember I love you. 

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