How does one celebrate the end of a very long battle with breast cancer? After all, for months cancer has dominated your life. In all likelihood, you’ve suffered through biopsies, surgeries, chemo, maybe radiation, and doctor’s visits too numerous to count. You’ve endured – and conquered – fatigue and nausea. Your body is battle scarred and your head is bald. You have chemo brain and have to make a list to remember what you’re supposed to be doing. You’ve been isolated from family and friends due to low white blood counts and maybe even had a few close calls as a result. BUT, YOU ARE CANCER FREE!!! So, how to you celebrate that? I don’t know how other women celebrate but thanks to a wonderful gift from two dear friends, this Texas gal took flight.No, I didn’t suddenly decide to skydive or bungee jump. I didn’t go enroll in an extreme sports class and jump off a cliff in a birdman suit. I did however take a ride in a 1941 Steerman open air bi-plane. Yes, you heard me right. Me – you know the one afraid of heights – climbed right up into that airplane, put on a real aviator cap, and flew (well actually the pilot flew the plane) went off into the wild blue yonder. Well, maybe not “wild” but the sky was absolutely blue and it was a beautiful day for flying, especially in an open-air plane where there was nothing but you, the plane, the wind, and the sky.
I wish I could fully describe the experience but for once, words fail me. To say it was an amazing adventure is an understatement. I can only say that I now understand and appreciate why pilots love to fly. I felt as if I’d touched the face of God. It’s an experience that I’ll never forget.During the flight something magical happened. I made a decision to donate the “bad” parts of the past eight months to the universe. As we flew, I let go of the pain, the worry, the fear, and the other negative things that often seek to overwhelm you when you have cancer. My spirit could almost see them as they floated away into the universe. As I left them behind, the plane turned to the sunlight and John asked me if I wanted to take the control stick. How appropriate. We turned to the sun – to light, to freedom from illness, to the future, and most of all to LIFE.
Live life fully so that at the end of it you’ll have no regrets for the things left undone. Live long, live well, live happy. The most important thing is to live!
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