Longterm Goals & Cancer

It has been two and half years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I am still happy to report that I currently have no evidence of cancer.  Woot woot.  I have been working non-stop on editing and designing my breast cancer book, Bittersweet, and preparing the marketing materials needed for my book launch. 

I have decided to launch my book during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.  So, save the date, Saturday, October 6th, 2018 to join me in Ojai, California, for my book launching party. On top of all of the book planning, we are also selling our house and planning a move out of the area.  I hadn't even realized the significance of all of this activity until it struck me the other day.  I am making long-term plans again.

This might not strike you as odd, but when you have lived through the threat of cancer it puts your whole life on hold.  You stop making plans, especially big, life changing plans.  For one, you don't know if you will be around to complete all of your plans and two, you are just too darn exhausted to take on anything else while going through cancer.  Even after I recovered, there was a good amount of time that I just wanted to chill out and not have any big obligations.

I must really be getting my energy back, because all of a sudden it feels really exhilarating to realize that my whole life is once again ahead of me.  Without even knowing it, I put my fear aside and decided that I was not going to let it get in the way of my future life.  Could this all come crashing down around me at some future date?  Sure, but that is just not a good enough reason not to live life to the fullest right now. 

Our son, Vance, will be eighteen years old later this year and it really feels like it is time for Wiley and I to ask ourselves "what do we want to do?"  I want to get my book out in the world and move to a new city and put down new roots.  I want my world to get just a little bit bigger, now that I know how small it can get.  Life comes with so many challenges, but it is up to us to pick ourselves up and keep on moving forward.  I am so excited to be moving forward and once again making big plans.  What big plans have you been putting off?