Archives for the month of: January, 2016

I don’t make resolutions. They don’t work for me. Actually they don’t work for most people, but they continue to try. Just look at any gym in January and then compare it to February…big difference.
I’ve always been a fairly positive person. Being around negativity actually causes me to be very anxious and sometimes physically ill. Arguing, bickering, constant complaining, drama and gossip – it just drains your soul in my opinion. I try to eliminate negative energy from my life as much as possible. This became even more of a conscious act after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Denali National Park in autumn, Alaska, USA, North America

Denali National Park in autumn, Alaska, USA, North America

I don’t know how many days I have left on this Earth with my family, I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend them focusing on all the crappy things in life. That’s not to say I don’t think of the bad, scary things. Of course I do; it’s human nature. I just don’t dwell on them especially if I can’t fix them. Although I do think most situations are changeable. Not my disease of course, but how I deal with it; how I act and react to it.
A lady in my bible study group told me she heard from a tv preacher that if you write down what you’re grateful for everyday – just 2 minutes a day- you will become more appreciative, content and at peace. (apparently there was a study) By purposefully reflecting only on the good things that happened that day, eventually it will become a habit and you’ll focus less and less on the negative.
So I thought “why not?” It can’t hurt. So guess what? I bought 3 small notebooks for a $1 each and I’m encouraging my daughter and husband to do the same. I literally gave my daughter her notebook during a commercial break on tv.

im grateful for
Full Definition of grateful from Merriam-Webster
1.  a : appreciative of benefits received       b : expressing gratitude
2.  a : affording pleasure or contentment : pleasing                                             b : pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated

It gives me a chance to reflect on my day. I acknowledge the things I didn’t like and would possibly like to change or do better, but I actually smile thinking about the good things and how many blessings I have in my daily life that may otherwise go unnoticed.

It’s easy to get caught up in a negative cycle. The world has so much hurt, pain, general disrespect for others, and so much we cannot control, but your thoughts…your attitude…how you treat others…how you respond to situations…that IS in your control. In fact that’s pretty much all you CAN control.

I plan to try really hard to continue doing this for at least 3 months and see if it helps me. I really have no doubt it will. Maybe it could help you too.

Remember friends…… every day is a gift. What are you grateful for?

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I’ve become an efficient traveler and the queen of packing a lot of stuff into a carry-on bag. I try to avoid checking my luggage whenever possible. I’ve been involved in patient advocacy for lung cancer for over 2 years but this year I have rally racked up some miles!

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39,066 miles that include 11 round trip flights

3 for pleasure and 8 for business. Of course I always have time to connect with other survivors and advocates so there is pleasure in every trip. That’s ultimately my favorite part of advocating while hoping to make an impact and educate others along the way. I get more hope and inspiration with each connection and it gives me more strength to keep making noise for those who lost their voice.

My son lives in California which is a 330 mile drive from me. I have made this drive 8 times this year bringing my total driving mileage to 5,280 (in addition to daily stuff). I’m so thankful I bought a Hybrid last year!!

My point of sharing this is to say thank you to all that have helped me along the way.
All of these people have helped make this passion of mine possible:

My Lord and Savior – for giving me the desire and strength to help others.

My husband Joe – who rearranges his work schedule and holds down the fort while I’m gone, and is steadily supportive.

My mom – who helps with Devin and feeding my dogs when Joe’s at work and cheers me on every step of the way.

My kids – for being resilient, flexible, and understanding.

My extended family – for your love, prayers and support.

My amazing onc Dr. V – for thinking outside the box and fighting for me.

ALA National office – for allowing me to share my story and fight for more funding.

Lungevity- for helping my voice be heard and letting me be a part of your mission.

Snow Companies – for investing in me and helping me help others.

Free to Breathe – for entrusting your event in my hands and coming to Las Vegas.

All my survivor friends – for giving me hope, encouragement, and never-ending support.

It takes a village and I couldn’t have done this without each of you.

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life and breath: outliving lung cancer

for the terminally optimistic

Lunging it up. Fighting lung cancer at 22.

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Emily Bennett Taylor

EmBen used to kick butt on the volleyball court, now she's kicking cancer!!

Every Breath I Take

a blog about my journey with lung cancer

A Lil Lytnin' Strikes Lung Cancer

Living with stage IV lung cancer - By Lysa Buonanno

Gray Connections

Perspectives on Lung Cancer, Brain Science, and Other Stuff