I am Angela Grojean, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Specifically, ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive ductal carcinoma.
When I received that call on Tuesday, the lights went out for me. Picture yourself reading a book and someone deliberately hits the light switch and it is completely dark. At that moment, the way I see it, you have two choices. You can choose to sit in the dark and not read your book, or get up, go hit that light switch and carry on.
Does that mean I can’t be angry or sad, hell NO!
I prayed and attended church regularly, exercised, went to routine annual mammograms, made healthy food choices, and volunteered in my community. WHY ME!
I had all of the same feelings and reacted the same way other people who are diagnosed with cancer every day. The thing is, cancer doesn’t discriminate! It doesn’t care what race you are, gender, age, religious or social status. At that moment, after I received the call, I decided to turn the light switch back on, get out my pink boxing gloves and fight! I was going to reach out to friends and family and ask for emotional, spiritual and physical support. I was going to choose to live in abundance and I wasn’t going to believe my life was over because of one phone call. I was going to choose to look at it as a bump in the road.
So, you may ask why I am starting a blog when I just found out I have cancer? I found out one week ago and every night since then, I’m awakened at 3:30 a.m. by this nagging voice in my head telling me to share my story. For me, it is the Holy Spirit, for others it may be something different depending on your belief. I believe the Holy Spirit was adding an additional purpose to my life besides being a mom of four children, it was asking me to invite others on this journey with me. It isn’t just about breast cancer and that I plan to survive. It’s sharing through the sufferings we all face and seeing how making a choice to get up and turn the light switch back on can ignite blessings we never knew could exist. It’s seeing how gratitude, being thankful for what we do have, can help us live in abundance.
To be honest with you, I am not on any social media, unless you count Pinterest. I can barely keep up with my own life, let alone others. As for a blog, forget about it! A blog never entered my mind! So, writing a blog is completely out of my comfort zone. However, over the last year, I have learned that the only way to grow is to be uncomfortable.
So take this journey with me and maybe you will be inspired to live in abundance!