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Reflecting on MY JOURNEY: Grateful for everyday

Happy New Year! As I sit here in 2024, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Gratitude for being here, for being alive, and for the strength to face the challenges that life has thrown my way. This year, and every day, I am reminded of the incredible journey I have been on.

It's hard to believe that just 11 months ago, I was going through chemotherapy, surgery, and therapy. The memories of those difficult times are still fresh in my mind, but they serve as a constant reminder of my resilience and determination. I never thought I would be able to say that I made it through, but here I am, standing tall and grateful for every moment.

The speed at which this year has passed is both astonishing and humbling. It feels like just yesterday that I was in the midst of my battle, fighting against breast cancer. The darkness that surrounded me during that time was overwhelming, and the losses of my father and grandmother only added to the weight on my shoulders. I couldn't imagine a life without constantly thinking about the pain and grief.

But here I am, in 2024, and I have come so far. I have learned that healing takes time, and it's not just about physical recovery. The road to survivorship has been a challenging one, not only because I have to navigate the fear of cancer recurrence but also because I have had to grieve the loss of loved ones and the life I once knew.

I have come to accept that I will never be the same person I was before my diagnosis. The experiences I have gone through have changed me, shaped me into someone stronger and more resilient. I have learned to cherish every day, to find joy in the simplest of things, and to appreciate the beauty of life.

As I look ahead to the coming months, I am filled with a mix of excitement and nervousness. Soon, I will be undergoing reconstructive surgery, a significant step in my journey towards reclaiming my body and my sense of self. It's a milestone that I never thought I would reach, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rebuild and redefine myself.

In this new year, I am committed to not only surviving but thriving. I will continue to advocate for myself and for others who are facing similar battles. I will use my voice to raise awareness, to support those in need, and to spread hope and positivity.

So, as I welcome 2024 with open arms, I am grateful for every day, every moment, and every opportunity that comes my way. I am grateful for the strength to overcome adversity, for the love and support of my family and friends, and for the chance to live a life filled with purpose and gratitude.

Cheers to a new year, a new chapter, and a heart filled with gratitude. Here's to embracing the journey, no matter how challenging, and finding beauty in every step along the way.


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