by Laurie Jean Bagley
This past summer I made a decision to do a revision of my book "Summit!" One Women's Everest Climb Guides You to Success. It was originally released in 2008.
My decision to revise the book was fueled by a desire to share with others some tools, ideas and strategies that worked for me while navigating a scary and unexpected health challenge,
While my road map will not be for everyone it may make a difference for those who are open to doing things a bit different in their lives in order to heal, prevent recurrence,
get off medications and feel more joyful and alive. Link to purchase e-book or paperback https://www.health-fitness-coaching.com/shop/
Here is an excerpt from the last chapter which is the part of the book that is new.
In May of 2019 I was given a new and unexpected opportunity to jump in or hesitate. I made the choice to jump in with what I believed to be best for me. But I digress...let me backtrack a bit.
I felt it important to add this chapter to the original book which was written in 2008.
While climbing Everest and childbirth had been the most challenging events in my life, that suddenly changed.
I was given an opportunity to climb a different mountain and feel that sharing my new experience may make your journey easier in some way.
When presenting or working with clients, I often say that we all have an Everest mentally, physically, and/or emotionally. My new Everest was breast cancer that was diagnosed in May of 2019.
It took all the same skills, knowledge, and perseverance that I had acquired before and then some.
I gained new tools and insights to get through treatment and to make the decisions I needed to make with recovery and recurrence being the concerns.
In April 2019 I had a lump removed that appeared benign, at least that was what the mammogram and ultrasound indicated. Nonetheless, I asked that it be removed, and my doctor agreed.
I just wanted it gone no matter that it appeared to be harmless. Once it was removed, the pathology report had different findings. The lab confirmed that it was indeed Cancer-stage 1B.
I think my doctor suspected this as during my surgery he did an amazing job of getting all the margins. I, on the other hand was completely caught off guard.