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This day, one year ago at 8:30 a.m., I was awakened by a phone call that changed my life -- forever. I have been living with breast cancer as my shadow for one full year now. I intended to write something profound and wise for this day. But, when it comes down to it, I know that I am very lucky. I am much better than I thought I would be at this point. All treatment is done, except for my daily dose of anti-cancer medicine which I will be taking for the next 4.5 years. I have to have a mammogram every six months, too. My surgery was Dec. 12, 2011 and believe it or not, I am still not totally healed from that and the radiation therapy. But still, it could be SO much worse.

I have leaned on and continue to lean on so many of you and am so grateful to have each of you in my life. The outpouring of love, and my beautiful blessings necklace, are proof positive that I am indeed very fortunate.

I am also grateful for the Spiritual journey I started a year ago. At a point, it became clear that at 51 years of age, it was about time I quit living my life like it was going to last forever. We will all cross over at some point and I needed to get comfy with that, and be as ready as I could for that to happen. The irony of life is that I can fight cancer and win -- but go out today and die in a car wreck. Sad, but true.

When I was laid off from my beloved job last year, I was so bitter! I still find myself bitter about it at times. To have a job created for you, work day and night for three years, and then have it taken away with a mere three days notice through no fault of your own, would be devastating to anyone. It seemed as if all the work I had done was just disregarded. It was a “money thing,” they told me. So, the message I was left with was that my work was not worth what they paid me -- to them. They couldn't justify it. But, I knew better. I knew the work I was doing was priceless. And over the past year, I have been validated, over and over again, by so many people -- friends, relatives, co-workers, colleagues, and most especially my clients. I now know that my former employers were not paying me nearly enough for the work I was doing -- and it is their loss to not have me on their team any longer because I am good at empowering mamas to take advantage of what they already possess. In return, I have been paid with something much more valuable than money. I can smile each time I am reminded of the moms I have helped, knowing that they have enjoyed their children more because of the confidence they have gained in themselves through nursing.

So, know that everything happens for a reason as I would not have gone and gotten my mammogram that found my cancer, had I not lost my job. I hadn't had a mammogram in four years because I hated them. My insurance would be gone in a month so I'd better use it. Besides, I had two children and had nursed a total of seven years so I wasn't going to get breast cancer. Well, I am 51 and post-menopausal, and breastfeeding lowers our risk of PRE-menopausal breast cancer. Also, it LOWERS our risk, but doesn't remove our risk. I needed to be reminded of that -- and how it felt to have your breast engorged and feeling like the center of your being, like when your milk first comes in, or when you've got a case of mastitis. That will help me serve my clients even better all around. I would also not have started my private practice if I were still working my former job. There was just not enough time in the day to do both jobs! That job was holding me back in the end. I am grateful for the experience and support I gained there for I wouldn't be who I am without it. EVERYTHING happens for a reason.

Therefore, it is with the greatest pleasure and anticipation of good times to come that I launch my website, www.happilynursing.com! It is a work in progress so I welcome any constructive criticism or suggestions. May the Creator of us all bestow blessings on each and every one of us by showing us what a blessing we are to others. Please share your breastfeeding stories and pictures with me, and share my site with others, young and old. Wish me luck with my new endeavors. I thank each and every one of you who have prayed for me, sent me healing vibes, let me lean on them, and bestowed their kindnesses on me! If I have forgotten to thank you, please know that I appreciate you and love you dearly. For, without each of you I don't know if I would have made it. I want to list everyone but then, I know you know who you are!

Let's hope this new website and new life I have will help me to help lots of Sister Mamas to find themselves, Happily Nursing!  

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