13 Years Post-Cancer Treatment, Why I’m Grateful for this Day: - Sara Quiriconi | Live Free Warrior | #livefree
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13 Years Post-Cancer Treatment, Why I’m Grateful for this Day:

Standing tall today, because 13 years ago to the day I was not. 13 years ago, I was finishing my last round of radiation treatment at Yale New Haven Hospital, being treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After months of investigation, treatments, IVs, chemo, scans, tears, and some smiles, the last day of being a cancer “patient” had finally come to an end.

I was tired, drained, pale, and exhausted after a long battle, yet still had an inner flicker of light that I was hopeful would grow with time.

Of course, the battle road doesn’t stop there, with follow up scans, doctor visits, hair, muscle and cell regrowth, and the hardest part, getting back to a sense of what normal “life” felt like.

In fairness, I don’t think that “normal” life was ever there, did it come, nor will it come. Haha, I like being weird in some ways, apparently—it’s my comfort zone of sorts. But there is a lot I can say I am grateful for today, to be alive, to have the opportunity to experience, and to feel what life really is.

 

Why I’m grateful for this Day:

• To experience health, in its many forms I deserve to live

• To experience love, and to find someone weird just like you to live, create, and share your weirdness with

• To find a passion, and delve your life in to it that you work 12-14 hour days and don’t care because what you’re creating is coming from the heart

• To see the world, stamp by stamp, city by city, person by person, and smile by smile

• To live in a city I love, steps away from the ocean, in a place I feel at home each time I wake up, leave for a trip, and return back

• To heal some hardships and loose ends that have lingered as crutches in my life for far too long past the ending credits were needed

• To feel proud of what I am doing and creating in my life, that this little weirdo does things a bit different, and to now know that’s “OK” to walk a different path (or create one)

• To smile more than I ever have in my life, because I’m falling in love with it more and more each day

• To loving Sara more, because for a long, long time that love was never there. It’s been a journey, double-digit years even, to get her there. But the time is now, and to love oneself is the greatest gift one can offer to him/herself, because when your cup is overflowing with it, you have SO much more genuine love to share with the world.

 

Grateful for this day, to be alive, to breathe, to teach, to lead, and share. To be a part of a relationship, a family, a team, a community, and a world of connections I am excited to meet, smile with, and connect to.

Cancer or no cancer, our time may come whenever the universe calls. Wake up and LIVE, for each day is yours to create!

With love, health, and inspiring thoughts your way,

Sara

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  • Sandra Wyllie
    Posted at 09:15h, 03 September Reply

    you are an amazing spirit that continues to inspire me each day. I learn so much from reading your posts. your life is an inspiration to everyone. you are a true warrior. it is an honor to know you.

  • Mark
    Posted at 11:02h, 03 September Reply

    Great article mama!

  • Javier
    Posted at 11:57h, 03 September Reply

    WEIRD? YES. BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE CAN FIGHT WITH A BIG SMILE LIKE YOURS. 13 Years ago you got it, and 47 years from know you’ll see it again. BEING A LIVE is not a matter of just being healthy, or successful, or even happy…. For me is each moment you open your ayes and heart (at the same time) and you can touch your soul…. is in those moments when magic happens!
    FOR ME? Magic is seeing you, feel you, and know that there is always a way… A different one, a happier one, a way to find freedom; yep, sometimes in a weird way; but that’s what leaders, and angels (LIKE YOU) do. Create a Path for others to follow, and light them in the dark. I Thank GOD for give us the blessing of YOU and I thank YOU for loving Sara; and for take good care of her; because she is the one i want to see in my last exhale.
    THANK YOU TEACHER, for sharing, loving and inspire a world around you!

  • MaryAnn Quiriconi
    Posted at 15:53h, 03 September Reply

    To my daughter. So, so grateful that God has given you a second chance. Some people walk thru life, saying poor me, poor me. Not you!! When the doctors wanted to give you more chemo, you fought them saying why should I need as much chemo as a person twice my size. Not filling yourself up with extra chemicals. You were always determined! I do it myself were your words when you were 2. And thru all your wellness lessons and yoga training, you are so much healthier than ever before. Spreading the word around about wellness, helping others to be better. So happy that you have found what makes you happy, doing what you love and with whom you love! I ❤️ You Sara Ann! ? Always WOW!!

  • Graciela
    Posted at 12:59h, 04 September Reply

    Beautiful Sara! Thanks for sharing your practice and your passion with those around you. Missing you! I am sure we will see each other again soon!

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