A couple days ago I was approached by one of my former clients. She told me that she had this friend who was just diagnosed with breast cancer and was going to be starting treatments in the next week. She asked if I could squeeze her in SOON as she was planning on letting her kids shave her head this weekend. I immediately agreed and we scheduled the session for Thursday.
I didn't know it at the time but this session was going to change me. Hearing this strong woman's story moved me in a way that I can not put into words so in stead I am going to share it with you in hopes that it will touch your heart in the same way that it touched mine. I hope you read her words and walk away feeling stronger, braver, and with the confidence that you too can handle anything life throws at you.
"I was born with spina bifida. My parents had no idea until I was born and had a lump of fluid on the bottom of my spine. When I left the hospital my parents took me straight to UCSF andI had my first surgeries when I was just 3 months old. The Doctors there said I would never walk or be potty trained...I was doing both by he age 2. Then they said I wouldn't walk after 5. I proved them wrong. Then it was 10, 12, 16, 20, 25. They said I would never have kids. I gave birth to my son at 24."
"When I was 21 I got a bone infection in my foot while on vacation in Hawaii. I found out the infection ended up being Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The doctors told me I had a 50/50 chance of living. They removed the bone in my foot but couldn't get me to heal so they wanted to amputate. I went to a different clinic in Daily City every week for a year and a half for care. I ended up getting MRSA again and again they didn't think I would survive. After 4 surgeries I was finally infection free and my wounds were healed."
"When I was 16 I stopped counting how many surgeries I've had because I was over 50. I honestly couldn't even throw a number at you now. I'm stubborn and I love being told I can't do something because it makes it easier for me to accomplish it. One of my best friends was suddenly killed in a car accident in August of 2016. We had been best friends and next door neighbors for years, we basically raised our kids together and our lives revolved around each other. I took her 3 kids in immediately. Next month we are going to trial for full custody and I've just been praying that the cancer diagnosis doesn't affect my court battle. I've loved these kids like my own for years."
Now, after conquering multiple battles that could have defeated even the strongest of women this gorgeous lady is beginning her fight against Breast Cancer and she is doing so with one of the fiercest spirits I have ever known. When I told her I was sorry that she had to go though this her response was "Don't be sorry. Cancer picked the wrong girl."
I couldn't agree more.
I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with you Ashley and I very much look forward to doing it again. You are an inspiration to ALL women and I am so proud to know you.
Go give Cancer that Ash Kicking you were telling me about. We're going to be here rooting you on. We've got you.