As anyone who has undergone a major surgery knows, all things familiar and safe immediately fall away. As the backward countdown begins, you find yourself crossing the threshold into a cold, dark space with room for only one. The clear path forward is to seek out signs pointing in the direction of hope. Once hope becomes the destination, all things are possible.
Emotions were off the charts. Physical abilities were in question. On my 10th day post-op, I successfully swallowed applesauce without choking, and just like that, ready or not, I was approved for discharge. When the cast on my arm was removed…
…I hesitated to take a peek. My eyes followed a long curving row of black stitches, like railroad tracks to an unknown destination. When the deep red hollowed area came into view, I was taken aback with a feeling of disgust.
Turning away in horror, my husband took on the task of dressing my wounds at home. After a few days, I forced the issue. When the shock wore off, I replaced thoughts of succumbing to cancer with thoughts of conquering it. This is me now; I had to own it.
Instead of picturing a dark rugged path to a tragic end, the railroad tracks transformed into a curving string attached to a red balloon. It was a life line lifting me from my despair. I vowed to grab hold of that balloon believing I could rise above like a Phoenix from the ashes. Onwards and upwards, there was no other choice. It was the only direction I could go from where I’d been, a place where survival, hope and endless possibility still existed.
As a Motivational Speaker and Master Storyteller, I’m always looking for new opportunities to share my inspirational messages. Your suggestions are welcome! This is Part 2 of 9 in my soundbite series from a keynote presentation in Brighton, UK.Catch up and view Part 1: Part 1. Part 3 coming soon!
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Eva, this is searingly beautifully written. Incredible what you’ve been through and how you’ve transformed it to help others. I look forward to reading more of your heartfelt and inspiring words.
This means a lot to me coming from a published author like yourself. Thank you Marta.
So moving and beautifully written. I’m anxious to read the rest of the story! Your positive attitude is truly inspiring.
Coming from a professional editor, your comment speaks volumes. Thank you Ruth. I promise to deliver!
You are a wonderful storyteller, Eva. It is so easy to feel like a part of the story, rooting for you to not only survive but to flourish as you so clearly have.
It’s a hell of a way to a aquire such a profound life lesson. I believe it can either break someone or make them stronger. I’m so glad you found your way down the second path. You have such a zest for life; I’m hopeful some of that may pass along to me 🙂
You are so kind and thoughtful Gary. Thank you for your words and your friendship.
Eva, you are an amazing writer. Your words create pictures for the reader. We look forward to reading more of your story. Your book will be a smashing success.
Thank you Neil and Naomi! I promise to deliver more, soon. Check out Part 1. The blog just before this one.
A moving account of one young woman’s struggle to turn a frightening diagnosis and a long, complex surgical ordeal into a chance to find hope and the courage to move ahead with her life
Thank you Eric. Your words go straight to the heart 🙂
Wow you’re a powerful writer. I remember that time like it was yesterday. I will never forget that story. Thrilled of the way you turn things into such a positive light. Love and miss you much ❤️
Thank you Sam!!! Miss you, too.
Eva you are an amazing, strong woman!!!!!
A mutual trait:)
You truly are a gifted writer. You have a powerful story to tell and I believe no one could have told it better. You have been an inspiration and a comfort to many facing mortality in showing a path forward out of despair by turning something frightening ( an unsightly scar) into a symbol of hope and survival.
Tina, Thank you for your support now and always.
Your storytelling skills take on a new height with the written word. Beautifully written, Eva!
Thank you Helen! I hope to get out part 3 this week.
I love that you shared the realization of your scar, your journey, your courage, your passion.
Thank you Kelly!
A powerful story of hope in the midst of despair. An extraordinary testament to your ability to embrace the scars, not as an ugly reminder of what was lost but rather a beautiful symbol of what was won.
Beautifully written comment. I’m grateful to work with you as we craft together the language of my stories.
Powerful and beautiful. Thank you!
Coming from a published poet, it means a lot. Thanks Sarah!
What incredible inner strength to turn this tragedy into such a beautiful story of hope and determination.
Thank you Gail. We all have our stories!
Thank you for your compelling story reminding others there is more than one way to approach a problem. Scars from life-saving surgeries can be a reminder that our life and time are precious and to live with purpose.
Thank you Pat for your wisdom.