MY CC SUCCESS STORY
OK, so now I have a growing tumor that squashed my bile duct, and a malfunctioning bile bag hanging off my side.
But in the six years since I was diagnosed, I have:
traveled to Europe three times and to Asia once
driven and camped the US coast-to-coast on back roads, twice
written two novels, a memoir, and part of a nonfiction book, and had a literary agent submit them to major publishers
written textbooks (my profession) that are used by hundreds of thousands of students in Asia and Latin America to learn English as a foreign language, and understand other people better
started making visual art and showed it in public shows
deepened my spiritual life enormously, and found my way back home to church
made many new dear and wonderful friends
got my first-ever dog, who delights me every day
bought my first-ever house and planted my first-ever garden
and learned to be a better and kinder wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, daughter-in-law, and friend.
To heck with the bile bag and tumor, I think that's pretty darn successful.
Peace, hope, and healing to all!