"Don't spend time worrying about how you are going to die. Worry about how you are going to live today"

Monday, February 6, 2012

Making Limoncello

I have been thinking a lot about how I have been coping with breast cancer.  I never thought I would get to a place where I was not consumed with breast cancer 24/7.  It's not like I don't think about it, but I have gotten to a place where it doesn't take over every thought and moment of my life.  That is huge for me!  I never thought I would get here!

I guess none of us have control over what is dealt to us.  We have to push through it no matter how horrible, scary or overwhelming it is.  It's not like the problem or diagnosis is going to go away on it's own, so we have to face the reality of it and continue to move forward whether we want to or not. 

At the beginning of my breast cancer journey, I thought I would never be able to do all of this, but I did.  I am not stronger than anyone else, I was simply dealt this crap and I had no choice but to deal with it.  Those looking in from the outside think that we are some type of "superheroes" and that we possess a different strength than they do.  They say things like "I could never do what you did" which drives me nuts!  I had no choice!  If you were dealt my situation, you would do it too!

So I guess what it comes down to is that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  I guess in my case since I am Italian, I choose to make limoncello! I am trying to make the best of each day eventhough breast cancer has become a part of my reality. 


  1. I just want to say thank you for your honesty and for sharing a deeply personal journey. Mine just started Dec 2011. May your days continue to be blessed ~

  2. Carol,
    I am sorry you had to join me in this journey. I hope you do well and are able to get through treatment with little side effects. The beginning is the hardest part. Look to the future and know it gets better in time. Be well!

  3. Thank you for sharing your journey so far with breast cancer. I had my annual mammogram earlier this year. April 2022 and the results showed two suspicious spots. after biopsy of both my right and left breast the results came back positive for stage 1a cancer. I am 79 years of age. after having the necessary preparations and doctors appointments I had bilateral lumpectomies. I certainly didnt expect this as genetically no family history of this disease. I started partial radiation treatments this past monday and have two more to go for right breast . left breast is next starts September 6 2022 Wow what a life changer. I am still having trouble with this but I must remember that God has a plan for my life and I must trust Him. As I must go through the treatment plan and whatever follower. thank you for being there for me to express my story.

  4. My first name is Catalina.. thank you all who share your experiences and life changing journeys.

    1. I will say that I have definitly taken the dust off my bible and will be reading and praying for you all and myself..