What happens when one gets word from the doctor that they only have months to live? As with many, in this day and age, this is what happened to my beloved Carol. Not as common however, is how Carol handled her diagnosis:
After, a life-time of: overcoming an abusive childhood, marriages, children, grandchildren, jobs, money, no-money, sobriety and service to others, Carol's life seemed settled as she reconnected with her teenage sweetheart and they prepared for their retirement years. The news from the doctor left Carol with a variety of choices on how to respond. All who knew Carol watched in awe as Carol defied her diagnosis and lived 7 more years through natural remedies and following a spiritual path.
Life to the Fullest:
Declining most western treatment, no one would have known Carol was living with stage 4 lung cancer unless she told them. She got up and dressed and out of the house most days. She did her hair, make-up and buzzed around town in her little silver Mercedes. She spent most of her time strengthening her relationship with her Higher Power and learning how to love herself and others at a level few master. She forgave all who had harmed her, as best she could. And she allowed her "dis-ease" to be one of her greatest teachers.