New Line

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Cancer Girl tugged her collar up closer to her face.
An early winter chill & the bark of a
newspaper boy
smashed into her senses.
“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!”
The boy looked up at her.
In a bored New Yorker voice he said,
“Hey, CG! Read about yuhself.
Yuh made the news, Chicky.”

A company’s slogan line can say a lot. It’s often a catchy phrase that tries to convey what the company is all about. Or better yet, it will capture your imagination. It’s a subtle line, but it’s important.
A blog spot’s tag line is no different. It needs to make a quick statement as to what the attitude, direction or tone of a blogger’s overall content is.
My original tag line was “The Adventures of an Audacious Cancer Warrior.” When I started writing this blog it made total sense. I’ve changed it, because, thankfully, my life has continued to evolve and grow.
See, I’m nearing the end of my battle with breast cancer. It will forever more be a part of my life though. But, I’m not having to fight with it anymore. I’m a survivor now, a deeply grateful one at that.
Cancer has morphed into a quiet but active part of my overall health concerns for the rest of my life. My medical team and I will always remain on guard in that regard about my health.
Yet, I’m still finding myself in warrior mode. Why? Because I wrangle with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue every single day of my life. Therefore, I will remain a warrior with a message.
I’m just changing a label on the blog’s tag line as to what’s been a vital weapon of mine as a warrior of life. It’s gratitude. Gratitude, for me, has long been a viable coping tool in dealing with life.
This blog site’s new tag line is now “The Adventures of an Audacious Gratitude Warrior.”
    Ever since I was diagnosed with FM/CF well over a decade ago, it has become more and more apparent to me how important this coping tool is. I explain how this perspective came about in the blog post “New Identity X’s Two” that I wrote back in May of 2010.
Some might think that living with a grateful heart, in a state of gratitude, is the equivalent to wearing rose-colored-glasses. It’s not. It’s just realizing that things really could be much worse than they are. Because, they are, for somebody else somewhere out there living life on this blue marble in our galaxy.
So, it’s only logical and pragmatic to embrace gratitude. No matter how horrible things may be, there is always, always, a blessing that’s just waiting for you to discover it.
Sometimes they’re huge, often they’re small. But, they’re always there. I’m living proof that this is true. Since I keep finding myself giving witness to this truth I’ve realized I’m an activist; a living, breathing witness; I’m a warrior for gratitude.

I am grateful to have fought and beaten cancer. I am grateful for all of the love and support I’ve been showered with from my loved ones during my cancer battle. I am grateful for the fantastic medical team I have. I am deeply grateful to live life, for all of the cancer warriors before me that didn’t make it. I am grateful to have discovered a hidden talent, writing, because of cancer. I am grateful that others are finding my quirky skew on life funny and/or inspirational. I am grateful that my life is continuing to blossom. I am grateful that I am grateful — life hasn’t beaten me down.
This is why it made total sense to me that the blog’s tag line needed to change. This blog won’t be mainly about battling cancer anymore. It will be about leaving  “A Path of Remembrance.” It will be about the adventures of an audacious gratitude warrior. I pray you’ll continue to enjoy reading about them.

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3 Comments on “New Line”

  1. 1 CrazyYarnHarlot said at 12:30 am on November 23rd, 2011:

    I love you.

  2. 2 Chérie said at 4:47 pm on November 23rd, 2011:

    Extra lucky me! 'Cause I get to love you back! =;>

  3. 3 Kaiku said at 12:09 am on November 26th, 2011:

    Sending you hugs and bunches and bunches of love sis with a heart of gratitude. I love you today =)