We now return you to your regularly scheduled program: A normal life.

Katharyn Brady By Katharyn Brady, 30th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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After struggling 17 months with a severe health crisis, I got my wish to have a normal life, again.

Life with cancer was a roller coaster ride.

For the past 17 months, I've been on a roller coaster ride with cancer: Malignant Phyllodes Tumors. A rare sarcoma, aka soft tissue cancer that metastasized several places within my body.

My journey took so many different twists and turns;
- Receiving a diagnosis of benign only to be told 6 months later that it was cancer;
- Undergoing 33 sessions of radiation;
- 5 cycles of chemo therapy, which entailed spending 5 days in the hospital each cycle;
- An infection during the first cycle of chemo that earned me 9 extra days in the hospital; and
- 5 surgeries.

Yearning for "normal".

One of the challenges with the twists and turns of my journey was that I would believe I was cancer free, only to discover that I had a new challenge to tackle...if I wanted to live. I yearned for the "normal" things of life. It sometimes felt like I would never be able to experience normal ever again.

Making a vow - don't allow inconvenient circumstances or events effect me.

One day while receiving chemo therapy, I heard about a person who had a bad day. Someone had parked their car too close to the driver side of the car and the person had to enter via the passenger side. Unfortunately, on this day, she was wearing a short skirt and had to climb over the console of her vehicle. She was so angry, she was spitting nails, as we say!! When I heard that story, I absolutely understood it was an inconvenience and the person who parked next to this woman was not considerate at all. But, in spite of that, I wished that was my biggest problem. I decided that if I could beat cancer, I would not let inconvenient circumstances or events effect me in a negative way.

Being tested with an inconvenient circumstance.

Fast forward to post surgery number 5. I was 3 weeks into recovery and walking into a nail salon for my pedicure. I was so looking forward to relaxing in a sea of estrogen. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the shop and the first thing I notice...a man getting a pedicure...oh no, testosterone! The owner of the shop had the TV set to the football game just for him...OMG!! More testosterone...this was what I was trying to get away from for just one hour.

I was not happy, to say the least. I couldn't wait for the pedicure to be over and I could be out of there! I was fuming. One of my thoughts was I now know how men feel when we intrude into their man caves.

Perspective is a beautiful thing.

Finally, the pedicure was over and I was leaving. I was reminding myself, you get what you pay for. There are plenty of options. I don't have to go back.

I got in my car and with smoke billowing from my ears, I drove out of the parking lot.

Seconds later, I broke out into loud laughter. I couldn't believe it. I let that experience bother me...just like I said I wouldn't do if I beat cancer.

I rolled down my windows, turned up the radio and felt so happy. This was my biggest problem today, a man getting a pedicure and the TV was set to football...really????

Well, if a man being in the nail salon with the college football game blasting on the TV was the worst thing that happened to me, I am doing just fine.

Perspective is a beautiful thing. #smiling!

Other articles by this author.

Katharyn's journey with a rare form of cancer, malignant Phyllodes tumor.

Diagnosis: from benign to malignant.

Having cancer brought opportunities for healing and change.

Weigh the pros and cons of a decision and then commit.

Counting down to being cancer free. . . or was I?

Critical decision: Change the medical team.

My doctor layed out a plan to cure Malignant Phyllodes Tumor cancer.

Support to a person with cancer is like water to someone who is out in the desert.

The peace that surpasses all understanding.

Reflection on my journey with chemo therapy.

The journey with chemo therapy is over. I won!


Cancer, Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Fighting, Cancer Free, Cancer Treatment

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
I have survived cancer multiple times. It took 8 surgeries, 33 sessions of radiation and chemo therapy. My focus is on being healthy in mind, body and spirit and helping others do the same.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
5th Oct 2014 (#)

From what cancer survivor to another, I agree wholeheartedly with your article. Learning not to sweat the small stuff goes a long way in our well being. Continued health and happiness to you Katharyn.

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
6th Oct 2014 (#)

Hey Lee!! and I wish you the same, much heal and happiness!!

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