Throwing Cancer into the RP Mix

Written By: ingridricks - Dec• 13•15


With all the green juicing I’ve been doing, breast cancer was the last thing I saw coming. But I guess that’s the thing about life: It throws things at you whether you see them coming or not – and it’s a reminder that as hard as RP can get, there’s lots of hard core health challenges out there, and some happen to be more urgent than RP.

I’ve been so consumed with my eyesight issues that it was the only thing on my mind when I went in for my annual exam recently. In fact I spent the first ten minutes of my appointment lamenting about my vision challenges. Then my doctor did a routine breast exam and said, “What’s this?”

Amazing how much perspective those two little words delivered. Suddenly the only thought racing through my mind was, “Please only let me have my eyesight issues to worry about. Please.”

I’m trying to wrap my arms around the life lesson in all of this as I head into surgery Tuesday and brace myself for the unknown cancer journey that awaits. And it comes down to what I know that we all know but so easily forget: that all any of us has for certain is NOW and that we’ve got to embrace and enjoy the present.

I know all of us are fighting hard to ensure we can see our future. But along the way, it’s crucial to breathe, enjoy life now and be thankful for all that we have. What this has reiterated for me is that at the core, the only thing that really matters is relationships – and I’ve been gifted with the most amazing network of family and friends I could envision. And that’s where I’m putting my focus.

Last night this meant an impromptu disco dance party with my husband and thirteen-year-old daughter, Hannah. It’s one of the best Saturday nights I’ve ever had.

What are you doing to enjoy life NOW?

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  1. Tania says:

    I too, am a disco fan!
    Your words are not only honest, but important. Keep writing, keep positive and keep doin that hustle!

  2. Tania says:

    Thank you, again, for posting the acupuncture list. Very appreciated.

  3. Alysa S. says:

    When people spend time hating other people, I always think, “Hate cancer!” It gets everyone and has no redeeming qualities. I think you’re a match for it though – you have such a strong spirit and are very intelligent about your healthcare options, as well. I am thinking of you and sending you a big hug.

    As for what I do to celebrate the moment, I like to sneak up on my son and tickle him, or eat a piece of chocolate, or hug my cat, or imagine a great story, or find something that makes me laugh.

  4. Cindy says:

    Ingrid, I’m sorry to hear this news, but I know your positive attitude and loving support of your family will help tremendously. Sending prayers and all my best wishes to you.

  5. vivien says:

    Raw food diet is the answer for you.

  6. Tania says:

    Hope your appointment went well today

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