Gaining Hope & Strength from A Second Chance
A couple weeks ago I had a smoothie date with Eden Reynolds. Eden and I met when she volunteered to be a model for last years Project Pink benefiting Susan G Komen Austin. I rarely get to actually spend time or get to know the customers or patients who in a way I designed the Recovery Brobe for(if they used a Brobe or not) Up until 2 years ago I didn't know anyone who had breast cancer. Crazy to think that since 1 in 8 women will be or have been diagnosed. Eden is this sweet, petite, beautiful soul who has this kind of peace about her. You can tell when talking to her she truly is loving her life and all the obstacles it might bring. I wanted her to share a piece of her story for anyone who is reading just diagnosed. Since I personally have never had cancer I feel its only best to hear from actual survivors and gain strength in her words. Thanks Eden for sharing your story.
"I was diagnosed August 2010 after doing a biopsy on a mass in my left breast. Life before cancer for me was all work, no play. I was stressed to the max working two horrible jobs, while going through a divorce. I wasn't really living. Since being in remission I have worked hard to take care of myself and have found a love for yoga and dancing! The gym and trails with a beautiful sunset have become my sanctuaries! I truly have been reborn. I live stress free, worry free and I take much better care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally. While I am human. I still have my moments where I get discouraged from side effects or remember when I look in a mirror that my body is more like frankenstein than barbie. Those moments are short lived and I constantly remind myself that I have been given a second chance at life. And I have learned to love myself in spite of my imperfections. I have always had a love for all things abstract. So now I look at my body and it is a piece of abstract that tells a story. I have truly been re-invented in every sense of the word. I have made it my life mission to pay it forward and help others. I am involved in a start up that will help lift and inspire women and I work hard to continue to help in the cancer community any way I can. It is so very rewarding to be able to help others. Especially by telling my story. It makes everything I went through worth it. "- Eden Reynolds