Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We Are All Survivors!

October is 
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

As many of you may know, I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 1997 at the age of 35. With no family history, two young children, and having recently started my business - it was a shock.

But here I am, years later, and I am still here. My children are now grown and I am the sole owner of a Background Check business that I have a passion and sense of purpose for.

I came across an article that tells the story of 7 Cancer survivors who took their experiences and launched their own businesses! Each found a new direction for their lives and their work through their fight with cancer.

Their stories amaze and inspire me. Read them here!

Many of us have been faced with challenges that threaten to derail or stop us in our tracks. As entrepreneurs, we are continually bombarded with life - family obligations, health issues, and concerns about our business.

But I believe in our resiliency.  I see this ability to keep going in many of my small business friends too.

Each time we have been confronted with struggles we have fought them head on, and not just survived but emerged stronger for it.

That is not to say it isn’t difficult. There were times during my own cancer fight, and many times after, that I thought of just chucking it all and taking an easier road. But I didn’t.

photo courtesy of MotivationalWellBeing.com

Instead I dealt with it. I made a conscious decision to get up each day with a positive attitude, focus on the tasks at hand, and move on. And slowly things became easier. I still use this strategy today.

The reality is that you can never really be free of life’s obstacles. Each time things are running smoothly, something else can jump in your path. It is not giving up that makes all the difference.

That is what defines a Survivor.  
Someone who refuses to let anything stand in the way of their dreams. 

That is why I know that as Entrepreneurs, we are all Survivors. And I am proud of us!

If You have a Story of Your Own ~ 
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