I was looking at photos of myself from 2 years ago and could barely recognize myself. Being a Scorpio, I find my November 6th birthday usually filled with a measure of heaviness and reflection that somehow suits these colder days marked by less foliage and daylight. This birthday feels different. After a good cathartic cry yesterday, I came to the beautiful revelation that the worst is behind me now. Chemo is kicking my butt, however I see little glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel . Last year on this day, I was oblivious to the dark days to come. I was “happy” in an endlessly busy, tired and semi-unfulfilled way. I bet you know what I mean. But so much crap has fallen away as unnecessary. In its stead is a crystallized awareness of what gifts are hidden in each present moment. I could list them but that would take me from the present birthday cake that is waiting for me. I bow my head and make a wish for so many more moments of clarity, appreciation and truth for me and for us all.
Published by Melissa Eppard
I am a professionally trained and certified Life Coach with personal experience overcoming cancer as a mom in my mid-30's. After a diagnosis in 2014 I began blogging as a way to communicate with my family and friends, but it soon became much more than that. Writing was my lifeboat and connection with the outside world while immune compromised and healing from surgery. Now I’m using my personal and professional experiences and living my dream of supporting others as a Healing Hope Cancer Coach. I help my clients understand their options, develop the best care team and a supportive network. Together we unpack the experience of having a cancer diagnosis, processing the emotional impact of a cancer. I offer stress reduction techniques to help manage fear and uncertainty, and coaching to support healing on all dimensions. After treatment ends, I help people find their personal roadmap through the pain and uncertainty, to a life fueled by clarity, personal strength and a connection to their unique life purpose. From diagnosis, through treatment and recovery, no one should go it alone! I draw upon 10+ years of work immersed in holistic health and wellness. I was born and raised in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York and live there still with my husband and son. My survivorship blog Melissashealinghope.com chronicles my healing journey. You can learn more about my work as a coach at MelissaEppardCoaching.com. View all posts by Melissa Eppard