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CONGRATULATIONS!

So you catch the cancer.

Then you start a blog to keep friends and family posted.

But your blog turns into something unexpected.  It becomes a method of healing on a journey of emotional turmoil.  It becomes your lifeline.

And then you heal from your surgeries.  And your treatment ends.  And though you have a future of periodic scans and procedures and the associated anxieties, you are are expected to simply retreat back to life as it was before.  You are now a survivor and you can wear that badge of honor with pride.  But move on, girl!  Business as usual.  Back to life as you once knew it.

Only you can never truly go back.  You are changed forever.  You see life differently.  You appreciate.  You love.  You let go.  You try new things.  You aren’t afraid of failure like you were before.  You don’t let a silly thing like fear stop you from participating in life to the best of your ability.  You are less embarrassed.  Less timid.  Less shy.  You are playful.  You are less serious.  You are less concerned with other people’s opinions.  You are more empathic.  More understanding.  Kinder.  Gentler.  Serene.

I don’t want this to end.

It’s been just over 9 months since my diagnosis on May 7, 2013.  And it’s no coincidence that the journey thus far has lasted the length of a human gestation period.    This last 9 months has been a time of growth.  A renewal of life.  A rebirth.  Cancer has brought forth the most beautiful bouncing baby the world has ever seen!  And I want to share her with more people.  I would love this feeling to spread like wildfire.

And that’s where Marie Forleo comes in.   I found Marie through the great and powerful Kris Carr.  Marie provides some practical marketing advice to people who are looking to get their personal projects/businesses off the ground.  Marie offers an online course every year.  And she provides a number of scholarships each year.  So what did I have to lose?  I applied with THIS VIDEO.   And I asked my peeps to put in the good word for me.  And I am SO PROUD to say that out of nearly 2000 entries, this beautiful blog was chosen as a 2014 recipient!   I am SO GRATEFUL to Team Forleo for taking a chance on me, and for extending such a wonderful opportunity to so many.  And I am SO VERY MOVED by the many readers, friends and family who took the time to repost, tweet and comment on my behalf.    THANK YOU.  THANK YOU.  THANK YOU.

I promise to make you proud.  I will raise this baby right!!

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12 Responses to CONGRATULATIONS!

  1. Yaaaaay!! Congrats aunt tiff!! I can’t wait to see what amazing things this “baby” will do!!! You are truelly spectacular and the best role model I could ever have this year. You go girl!! Love you!!
    -grace

  2. Awesome, awesome, AWESOME!!!! Congratulations on this new birth, on winning this scholarship, and embarking on a new journey! Wishing you all the best in this new chapter of your life story, and I look forward to more insights and fun!

  3. What beautiful new life you have carried through the challenges and have brought forth into the world! What a joy to watch it all be birthed – and I’ll love watching you and this new mission grow in wonderful and probably surprising ways!!! It’s been a joy and privilege to be on the journey with you! thanks for bringing so many of us along!

  4. Congrats!!! You are really a great inspiration to many I am sure!!!! I will be in touch soon re Relay…busy week at work. Once again…congrats!!!

  5. Hey Tiffany! Just found your blog through B-school… I’m from Rochester too! That is SO AMAZING that you won one of the scholarships! I just watched your submission video and LOVED it- I think your dancing might have won them over ;) I can’t find your contact email info here or else I’d email ya- but if you want to connect over B-school stuff feel free to email me! ashleyrjordan@gmail.com :)

    Congrats again!! Can’t wait to see what you do next :)

  6. You raise such an interesting point for those of us on our cancer journey. How do we keep the wonderful things we have learned about ourselves and life alive? I’m about year further along the path than you are (diagnosed with stage 4 colo-rectal cancer in May of 2012) so I may have had cycled through the joy/dispair pendulum a few more times. What I have come to realize that there is an incredible amount of compassion in the world. It’s all about how we remain open to it.

    Daily, I take the time to reflect on what I have learned through my interactions with others. I often find that the most insightful observations come in very small increments from the most unlikely sources. Those insights are easy to miss if I stay locked in my own head. I also try to spend at least 30 minutes every day reflecting on what I am grateful for. They can be large things like successese within my family to small things like signs of spring.

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