Fierce: showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity
Two days before Christmas, Lisa Wood was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastric cancer. She decided to start a blog, where she bravely, heart-rendingly and humourously details the ins and outs of the good fight. We first discovered Lisa through her incredible blog which we love for its honesty, its vulnerabilty, and the fact that it is perhaps the only place on the Internet where the minutae of a woman's life -- painting her toenails blue, for instance, is interwoven with deep discussions about fear, love and chemotherapy. (Check it out and leave a comment for Lisa!) We also love Lisa for her current motto, which is this: FU Cancer. Dearest Lisa -- on behalf of all the fierce women reading this, women who like you, are mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends and professionals, we salute you and say FU Cancer indeed.
Where I live: Hants County, Nova Scotia...but Tijuana, Mexico as I write this.
What I do for work: Right now. Full Time Cancer Slayer
3 words my friends would use to describe me: Fierce, loyal, thoughtful
My vision of a perfect Saturday: Waking up beside/with my beautiful babies and husband. Taking our time to start the day. Breakfast, getting dressed all mellow and relaxed. Going for a drive, stopping to visit friends and family and enjoy a meal along the way with one of them. Home to yet another mellow evening of just being together.
My top 3 personal or professional WINS from the last month: 1-You have more inner strength than you give yourself credit for (this applies for most) 2- After spending 9 full consecutive weeks together (my husband will not let me out of his sight) we have not physically killled each other 3- Even though I've been off for a few months I still get requests from clients (I am a full time REALTOR when employed and working) Makes my heart happy knowing they are still looking for me.
My 2-sentence definition of success: YOU CAN DO IT!!! Short and easy but gets the point accross. Just try people!!
The most courageous thing I did in the last year: Leaving my children, family, friends and community to step on a plane to San Diego, California, where I would then cross the border to Tijuana, Mexico to start alternative cancer treatments.
The advice I would give to my younger self: Don't sweat the small stuff, it really doesn't matter in the long run. Treat people as you'd like to be treated and it will all fall in to place as we are no better than the person standing beside us.
A book that changed my life: Mind Over Medicine, Lissa Rankin, M.D.
What change are you working to create in your life, community or through your work? Awareness that you do have a choice. In anything. We've most definitely been blessed and given opportunities with my health concerns that many would not have, but in the end there are choices and we all have them. I have met many many courageous people, learned many a story of those same people who changed their grim diagnosis by just saying NO and proving mainstream wrong. I believe positive thinking and a good outlook can do wonders for any situation and that we must try to keep that going for ourselves.
Where to find me online: http://livinglovinglaughingfighting.blogspot.mx
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