Soon after my wife, Colleen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2017, she began to ask herself “why”. She quickly settled on the idea that through her story she could possibly help someone. Whether it be explaining her specific treatment options to help a new patient navigate their new normal, or encouraging others to ask questions when their body tells them something different than a doctor might have suggested. She felt her purpose was to help others in whatever way she could with her new-found knowledge of her current journey. While navigating this new path, she adopted a few inspiring mantras to help lift her up, one of which she found on a pillow. Placed on our bed from early on, “grateful” reminded her to sit back and take the time to appreciate all that was her life, before and since her diagnosis. Her family and friends, her strengths and weaknesses, and above all her children & the life she built for them… for us.
Journey to Grateful is a way for us to do what Colleen tried in 3 short years, help others. Her why and her inspiration live on.