I have always been family orientated. My family comes first. I have a husband, two daughters and two cats and everything I do revolves around them. I gave up my job as a scientist when I was pregnant with my first daughter and set up an events company so that I could have quality time with my daughters as they grew up.
So my world was shaken when faced with a cancer diagnosis. I remember very clearly when the consultant told me that I had breast cancer. My first thought was,
What would happen to my family if I died?
The saying is that....
....but when I was told I had cancer I just wanted to leave the doctors office and figure out a way to work harder or smarter so that if I were to die my family would be secure.
So I left the office, restructured my company, took more chances and did the things in business that I was too scared to do before. My thinking was that I had nothing to lose. I now had to make the business a success.
My company took off and I managed to sell it whilst still undergoing treatment for cancer (which took 5 years). Fortunately, I am also now cancer clear, but I learned three valuable lessons that I have taken with me to my new business and to how I live my life.
This is how I live now. My house is a mess, I don’t have the best/newest clothes, I haven’t seen/been to whatever the trend is at the moment. These things are not important to me. I started a new business which helps people with cancer and I am still focused on making sure that my two girls (who are now teenagers) are prepared for life.
The best thing my eldest daughter (she was 12) said to me when I was just diagnosed with cancer was
Don’t worry mum, if you die I will be OK.
This was just what I wanted to hear and I am sure every mother would agree with me.
And when I finally feel that I am no longer needed I will no longer worry about death.
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