Breast Cancer survivor and fellow author Mackenzie Crowne is sharing her journey and the book that evolved from her ordeal entitled Where Would You Like Your Nipple? An apt title and one I understand far better after my younger sister underwent a double mastectomy in her early 40’s in October 2010. It was either that or risk the return of a particularly bad kind of breast cancer, not that there are good kinds. My mom’s cancer diagnosis and subsequent lumpectomy and treatment earlier that year was the initial prompt that got my sister to undergo her first mammogram–a life saver. And now, back to Mac, who asks:
Are we there yet?
How many of us have uttered those words at one time or another? On a recent, four-hour trip to our getaway in the mountains, they crossed my mind at least a dozen times. Because, let’s face it, whether you are counting the miles, waiting for test results, or simply standing in line at the grocery store, waiting sucks. But what, after all, is the human experience, if not a waiting game? We all spend our lives in anticipation of the next big milestone or event, so why is it some people smile through the experience while others grumble and complain? My theory is, the happy people of this world have learned to make the most of the wait.
That’s easier said than done, I know. Two hours in the DMV can feel like a life sentence in solitary confinement, while that same amount of time in the cue for that for the roller coaster you are about to board is spent in excited anticipation, while making friends with those around you. So, which am I, the smiler or the grumbler? Before being diagnosed with breast cancer, I admit I grumbled a lot, and believe me, every second spent waiting to rid myself of the tumor was excruciating, and the following treatments were horrendous, but the experience also taught me to appreciate every moment, to chase after every new milestone and enjoy the pursuit for the adventure it is.
I smile a lot more often these days, with good reason. My loved ones are all healthy and happy, I’m able to spend my days writing, a pure joy, and this week I reach the five-year milestone in my survival of breast cancer. Whoot Whoot!
To celebrate, I’ve just released my guide to navigating the breast cancer abyss with humor and hope, Where Would You Like Your Nipple? You should have seen my grin as the book landed at #6 on Amazon’s Top 100 list. But more important than thrilling ratings, I’m stoked to be sharing common sense tips with woman who are where I was five years ago, and hopefully, easing some of their fears. (***Mackenzie in a better place today)
In the meantime, I’ll continue to do what I love and look for adventure in the mundane. After all, the breast cancer experience taught me that life is fleeting. I plan to enjoy every moment of the years I have left. What about you? Are you a smiler, or do you grumble and wonder, are we there yet?~
***I’m both, Mac, all depending. But am so happy to hear the good news about you and your loved ones. So far, so good with my mom and sister. I do regular checks and mammograms. Fingers crossed and prayers ascending for us all. I just bought your book and look forward to reading it.
Buy Link: Amazon