Early one early morning I was startled from my sleep by a voice that said,
“Wake up, wake up.” That voice directed me to a lump in my
right breast. Right after that, I went back to sleep as it was only 2
a.m. I woke up the next morning hoping it was a dream, but the lump was there.
I went for diagnostic testing and two weeks later had a lumpectomy, followed
by six weeks of radiation therapy. My cancer was a stage 1. I was lucky
that I listened to that voice.
About three weeks into my treatment, I decided to purchase a small boat.
I have been boating most of my life. My significant other has always had
the bigger boats and I had the smaller, fun boats. I have been without
a boat for several years, but at this point I knew it was time to revisit
that special time in my past.
During this time, I have kept myself very busy. I focus on taking care
of others in my work as a home health nurse. Climbing aboard the boat
after a hard day’s work brings nothing less than pure joy and serenity.
Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway while taking in the sights of wildlife
and sunsets truly is my therapy.
Message to Other Women:
Live, live, live. Even before my diagnosis, I lived life to the fullest!
Jupiter Branch Library
705 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458