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Two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, I just found out I’m still cancer free!! I’ve had many people ask me how I stayed so positive after my diagnosis. I think part of it was my strong work ethic and the other part was my life long battle with depression and the understanding that I couldn’t let it take over. When I was diagnosed, I told my doctor and family that “I am a cancer survivor!” I committed right then and there that I was going to beat this thing. And one thing I knew from battling depression, is that I couldn’t curl up into a ball and stop taking care of myself or it would be a death sentence for me. Instead, I did research to find out what life changes I needed to make to survive this. Breast cancer does not run in my family. So why did I get it? I found so many toxins that I was exposed to from food, water, the environment, synthetic medicine, and my own mental and physical health. That’s what I’m going to share in my Detox Your Life posts that many of you have asked me to share.

While I worked hard during the day to eat healthy, exercise, and remove the toxins from my environment, it was deep into the night that the anxiety and depression threatened to take over. When I’d wake up terrified and in a cold sweat thinking about dying, about not seeing my daughter graduate college or my son get married, I knew I needed to turn off these depressing thoughts or it would take over. Netflix was a godsend and I found the longest running show that interested me. Supernatural was in its 11th season, so I binge watched it every night until I could sleep without my own demons haunting me. And I re-watched every funny episode because laughter lightens the heart and pushes away depression.

A month after I was diagnosed, I had a lumpectomy and several lymph nodes removed in my left armpit which confirmed the cancer hadn’t spread. I was blessed that we caught it early on a 3D mammogram. Within two months, I had undergone six weeks of radiation Monday through Friday. Every day, I parked at the top of the hospital garage, and every day I walked up and down those five flights of stairs. The radiation kicked my butt in weeks six (the final week) through week eight, but everyday I’d get up, eat right, and go for a walk. I worked thirty-five hours a week as a telecommuter from home through all of it. It was amazing how much support I got from my employer, co-workers, family, and friends. I shared what I was going through with anyone who would listen, even my co-workers. And everyone was thankful. No one pulled away or got weird when I’d talk about it. Instead they opened up to me and told me about what they or their loved ones were going through. I consider that such a blessing.

I no longer consider my cancer diagnose a death sentence. I consider my cancer diagnosis a life sentence. Because without it, I would not have made the changes in my life that have led me to lead a much richer and deeper life.

Stay positive, strive to be healthy, fight against depression, and live life like there is no tomorrow.

Note: My blog at http://www.jodiashland.com auto feeds my author blogs on various web-sites. If you see funny characters, it is a result of their import routine. My apologies. I wish I had time to update them all by hand.

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