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Getting Back in the Swim: Overcoming Challenges after a Long Hiatus



Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. - Zig Ziglar


Life, as demonstrated by nature, is characterized by duality. To understand joy, one must experience sadness. Strength cannot be appreciated without first acknowledging weakness, and pleasure is only understood in the presence of pain. It is through trials and tribulations that we gain a profound appreciation for the moments of happiness, allowing us to recognize that the most challenging paths sometimes lead to beautiful destinations.


Today, on my journey to live life over cancer, I finally returned to the familiar comfort of the swimming pool. After a break of many years due to a frozen shoulder, I finally returned to the local pool today and swam 1600 meters. The sensation of swimming through the water, completing a lap, and turning at the wall was akin to the comforting embrace of coming home.


During the previous spring and summer, any form of movement was accompanied by excruciating pain. It took me quite some time to realize that my bones were being weakened by the cancer, resulting in the unfortunate fracture of one of my ribs.


Upon receiving my diagnosis, my oncologist made a medical plan consisting of three components: strengthening my bones, eliminating estrogen receptors, and directly attacking cancer cells. While the journey has been far from easy, I have found comfort in the small victories that have emerged along the path.


I am sharing this win to ask us all to look towards potential silver linings that may be present in the challenges we face. These small wins give us the energy, strength, and resilience to move forward. It is crucial to maintain faith in our ability to attain achievements and know that beautiful destinations are within our reach.











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I think the silver linings are there for all of us. We just have to look for them and you have a way of finding them at every corner these days. You are living each day to the fullest, silver linings in tow.

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Indeed Yvette, they are there if we look to see the blessings in our life. 🙏💕

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Beautiful sentiments with every blog entry! I have been reading your posts regularly, and today I finally took the step to join as a member. So moved by your words, Betty Jean. You are, and always have been such a strong woman. You are an inspiration💕.

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Thank you Denise! So happy that you will join me as we walk home towards better health for our well deserved retirement year.💕

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Always read your posts with equal measures of awe and affection. Always send you such big hugs.

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Right back at you. 💕

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