Welcome! I'm Chiara, triple negative breast cancer survivor; here is my journey, I hope it helps you!
How do I live my life now? After the "gift" of cancer, I am more bold, more mindful and more aware.
During chemotherapy, I was certainly not myself: fear, poison and steroids pumped through my veins; I knew it was only temporary, but the end of temporary seemed an eternity.
I'm alive, the fundamental fact I took for granted before my cancer diagnosis.
I've earned my gauntlets.
The moment I hear my doubting voice, I acknowledge it then take action reaching for what I want, without feeling ashamed!
After going through cancer, I have no apologies, and I ask for what I want.
"I chose Love and Joy."
The soles of my feet have walked across many exotic roads and battle zones.
Chemo is terribly ugly - it feels grippingly horrible on the inside and I felt unattractive on the outside.
It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.
I'm open for the great things to come my way!
It's a great goal!
Decide to make a radical change and let go.
Each day, each step I took, was an effort.
At forty-three, I received the gift of realization that life is short.
I didn't do it alone...I grab for my friends' and my angels' hands all the time.
I feel I can conquer anything.
Imagine living a life where your purpose is integrated into your every day.
I just envision putting my backpack on and catching the next train/bus/tram/flight to my next adventure.
(advice that should be taken by those family members who still care about what people say in small, Italian home towns!)
Instead, what I got was emotional abandonment and verbal abuse.
NOT EASY, but worth it
I watched him as if I was watching a scene, and I was the observer.
What makes me happy?
"Sempre avanti" is the Italian phrase I say over and over in my head.
His reactions are his own, and if it wasn't cancer treatment, it would have been something else sooner or later.
I don't feel guilty or vain for loving myself, I feel strong.
one. step. at. a. time.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's all a matter of perspective.