You may have noticed that my appearance in my profile picture morphed from Stevie Nicks to Ellen DeGeneres overnight; it wasn’t my choice.
I can’t keep this to myself because I lie like a cheap rug.
The truth is, on February 27, 2017, I heard the three most terrifying words that most of us fear most in our lives…
You have cancer.
To say that I felt like someone whacked me on the side of the head with a 2 x 4 is an understatement.
I felt numb, and I was speechless.
But that was a day I couldn’t afford to be speechless. That was a day that was supposed to be a pivotal day in my career.
I was scheduled to deliver a keynote presentation at the Engage Digital Media Summit with some of the top marketing minds in the industry … and it was something I was excited about and poured my heart into so that I could share and serve my best knowledge with others.
I’d be damned if the big C was going to take that away from me!
Even though it tried with everything it had to put me on the sidelines…it didn’t succeed!
During my medical appointment that day, I had a core biopsy that went so deep into the tissue and was so painful, I passed out – after my biopsy, I raced home, swallowed a tablespoon of peanut butter, gulped back a shot of orange juice and raced over to the Valhalla Inn to deliver my speech.
I can’t explain it, but somehow I was able to tap into a strength I never knew existed, and I delivered the best presentation of my life.
I had elite marketers coming up to me after the event asking me to send them a copy of my presentation… at any other time I would have been so stoked… but I think the news of the day was just starting to sink in and I had to get the hell out of there before I fell apart.
I’m not sharing my story for sympathy…anyone that knows me knows that that’s not my style.
I’m sharing this story to inspire those of you who are struggling right now with something that’s making you feel powerless…something that’s threatening to squash your dreams, because I want you to know this…
It’s OK to be afraid, but please promise yourself you’ll never give up!
I didn’t give up. I kept my stick on the ice, I stayed positive, and I never gave up on my dreams, and I’m pleased to share that for the first time in a very long time, I received the news that I have been longing to hear from my oncologist…
“Shelley, you are cancer free, and I believe you have an excellent chance of remaining that way.”
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! So I did both 😉
For the first time in a long time, I was able to breathe out.
And today, I need to move forward, come clean, and be totally honest and transparent with what’s been going on in my life.
Now that I have my life back, I’ve made some huge changes, but not without the support from my family and friends that have inspired me to push past my comfort zone, push past my fear and follow my heart.
Even though I may look a little different today…I am so grateful to be blessed with the chance to live the life I was meant to live.
But I won’t lie… I’m still pissed about losing my hair!!!
So please follow your heart and build something truly remarkable, because like Mark Twain so famously said:
“20 years from now you will become disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.”
Thank you for taking the time to read my little confession. I feel much better now.
I wish you all the very best for your continued success.
Please… Enjoy the journey xo.
Here’s a link below to the video of the presentation I delivered on the day I found out I had cancer, and the first day of a long journey that turned me into the person I was meant to be.