Meet Liz: (in her own words)
“I could tell you the horrible details of how I was diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer, the 200 hospitalizations and 40 surgeries that followed. But, I am so much more than that. Cancer gave me a very important gift. Before my diagnosis, I wasn’t aware that I had the ability to be happy, joyful, appreciative and loving no matter what the conditions were surrounding me. It is only now that I am thankful for the contrast of the struggle I went through. Because when you are diagnosed with a life -threatening disease you really don’t have any choice other than giving up control.
Now, how I feel emotionally is the only thing that matters to me. I still may find myself in an uncomfortable situation but I have the option to feel good, to focus on the one good thing out of a hundred bad things. If I try, I can always find a better feeling thought. If I’m having a difficult day, I’ve trained myself to focus on anything other than my pain. Right now, it’s the beauty of the golden and plum colored wet leaves that are covering my yard.
©Amy Boyle Photography 2018
Sometimes, people ask me what I learned from having cancer. I’m here to tell you it’s nothing earth shattering, it’s everyday life things that changed for me. I no longer say “I should have”, because I can’t make a wrong choice. Everything is alright. I used to let others bother me or feel upset about something someone would say. Now, I don’t let others take me away from my own happiness. Do what you want, chill out, have more fun, go easy on yourself. Love yourself. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Forgive and forget.
*** Please follow along on instagram as well and learn more about Liz. This year for my birthday , I am embarking on a weekly photo essay project highlighting 52 Phenomenal Women. This is week 9 of 52. Participants in this project will be supporting the efforts of Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. We are all stronger together and it is my sincere hope that we will be inspired by each other’s stories. Now is the time to celebrate as well as encourage one another. Tell your story!***