February 17th came so quickly……..I can’t believe it’s just under a year of being diagnosed with breast cancer and there it was February 17th and my final surgery for my breast reconstruction. I believe with my whole heart that it’s only by Gods amazing grace that all of this took place within a year. Not only that all of that happened, but that I excelled in so many areas of my life. How can you excel in work and business and personal growth and be going through the hardest time of your life???? Faith……perseverance……commitment…….support…….consistency……..belief
I was on my weekly Q & A call today with my Ambitious Womens Success Club (AWSC) coach Amy Applebaum. All at once, I was talking about how my business had grown in the past week, acknowledging my successes and then I said that I was cancer free……just saying it……hearing Amy respond…..well, I got all choked up. I went on to tell her that it being a part of that “club” having our private Facebook page for support and being accountable weekly to be on the call and learn and grow – that was a HUGE reason that I recovered the way I did. Having my Ambit Energy business is a joy for me. I love working. I love helping people, I love saving people money on electric, I love helping people make extra money and really to see people grow – I LOVE IT!
Being able to take part in a Womens Success Club and have an amazing coach and mentor really grew me personally. Amy made me join Toastmasters, which has completely boosted my confidence and has taught me so much. Amy made me see what was inside of me all along and she gave me the “push” and the honesty that I needed while still supporting me every step of the way. All the women in the club have reached out to me, prayed for me, with me, and have been so encouraging and supportive…….I’m just blessed beyond words……they are like my family.
To have that support and to know that every week I would talk to them or even daily on Facebook if I needed, made all the difference. Having that path to be laid out for me so that I knew what I needed to do weekly, gave me stability and strength, because I could be in control of it. I couldn’t control the breast cancer, I couldn’t control the reaction to the medication, but I could control what I did to better myself and to better my business. I never thought that having breast cancer would benefit me……but it has in so many ways. It really has made me stronger. It has made me more empathetic. It has made me a better business woman because of all the focus I put in it. It has made me realize that I CAN do ANYTHING I put my mind to and that NOTHING and NO ONE can stop me, because I believe in myself. That is a fantastic feeling………belief…….and for that, I really do thank my mentor Amy.
I can see now that there is more for me to do………so I decided, well, how about something else from your dream board – why not write a book? OKAY! So, I am teaming up with two people and I will be writing a chapter in a book coming out in the fall. Life is too short. I want to enjoy each moment, each day. I spend extra time hugging my three boys now and snuggling with them and listening to them because this time is precious. I have goals and dreams and I WILL make them come true because I am learning to take actions steps EVERYDAY to work towards them.
Yes, it was my last surgery on February 17th. I recovered very well and I’m just about back to normal…..minus the surgery brain I still have and still may have for a year or so……….will that stop me? NOPE. Will it make me push harder? PROBABLY, yes….and that’s exactly the motivation I need.
To look back and see all that took place last year makes me shake my head almost in disbelief……then I focus on the good things, the blessings, the people, the family the friends, all the things that made my year a really good one last year. I don’t want to focus on the negative that happened in 2014. I can’t change that I had cancer. I can’t change that my mama passed away. I can’t change the mess the medication has done to my mind. However, I can change how I look at it and how I accept it. I am going to look at 2014 as the year I really grew closer to God, the year that I saw just how strong I really could be and that with the right support and faith that anything can be accomplished. I will look at 2014 and see the amazing AWSC club I was a part of and how they lifted me up when I most needed it. Most of all, I will see my amazing husband Aaron who has been so kind and so loving and my three precious boys and know that I am rich beyond measure for their love. Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, please keep them coming while I continue to heal.
God is good all the time……..Happy March everyone!