Happy Anniversary

October 1st, 2015
Hands joined in circle wearing pink for breast cancer against wooden cross

Hands joined in circle wearing pink for breast cancer against wooden cross

The date was October 1, 2014. A cliché comes to mind because it started out as any other day. Monday through Friday, my day begins with Good Morning America (GMA). One of the benefits of being semi-retired and working from home as an Author’s Virtual Assistant is I can set my own hours.

Watching GMA as I gradually transition from a good night’s sleep to full alertness is a guilty pleasure. October 1, 2014 turned into an unintentional wake-up call. October 1st is the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and GMA celebrates. On October 1, 2014, in the midst of the celebration, I felt the lump in my left breast. My initial thought was that I was dreaming. But, the lump was real and breast cancer became my reality.

My head literally spins when I think about everything that I’ve gone through since October 1, 2014. But here I am one year later looking back on something that many do not survive. I know I am blessed. I was blessed before the diagnosis, but going through a life or death crisis is a wake-up call. It’s a reminder that although we like to think that we have all the time in the world to fulfill our destiny, we do not know the day or time when our time on this earth will end.

We know that what God has for us is for us. We know that age is just a number and that God knows how old we are when He has laid an assignment on our heart. I also know that many before me have gone on to meet their Maker and have taken that book, that poem, that song, that assignment – whatever it may be – with them. Yes, God’s Will will be done. He will accomplish what He has set out to do. But that doesn’t mean that we can sit on our destiny and treat it as if we have all the time in the world.

This past year I went through 6 rounds of chemotherapy, 35 rounds of radiation treatments, and breast surgery – in addition to side issues and ailments that were not related to the breast cancer. There were times when I was so tired I couldn’t lift my head to take a drink of water. I thank God for my caregivers (especially my brother) and my prayer warriors. I know God was there every step of the way.

I thank God for second, third, and many more chances. I thank God that I am here to say “Happy Anniversary!”

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

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