In February 2016 I was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma. A form of treatable skin cancer.
Hands down, this was one of the most traumatic and upsetting times in my life.
When the Dr said ” I am going to say some not very nice words now…” I knew what was coming.
A fair haired girl who had burnt from the sun multiple times in her childhood and adult years, it shouldn’t have been a surprise really. But it was. You never think it will happen to you. Sadly and nievely.
At the time the company I worked for was restructuring and the morning I got the letter to say it was skin cancer, I had one hour before my interview that would determine if I was being made redundant or not.
Luckily I got to keep my job and in August 2016 I was given the all clear.
The lesson: wear factor 50 on your face (and everywhere else) Look after your body and don’t take life for granted.
The second lesson came in the form of Sepsis, In April 2017. Being a mum, working full time, doing a renovation and studying a housing qualification, I left a throat infection for far too long and I became really ill. It was Quinsey and sepsis in the end.
The lesson: stop putting everything and everyone else above yourself as if you do not matter!! It genuinly could mean life or death. Don’t leave things. Know when your run down and rest.
In my teenage years I trained to be a lifeguard. I was a kid who had asthma her whole life and made it my mission to avoid every P.E lesson going. With fake notes from my mum, that me and my sister would sign.
So when it came to physical fitness and sprint tests, I was not at my best.
Everyday I came in over the time required to pass the course and I was always the last one in the water. I could not beat that clock. I wanted the qualification so bad, For the money and to ensure I did not let down the small holiday park that funded it for me.
On the night before the test day, I cried to my dad on the way home and said I was never going to make it and I’ve let everyone down. I thought my asthma held me back.
The big day came and somehow I smashed the test with 10 seconds to spare.
The Lesson: never doubt yourself and never underestimate the power of the mind and sheer determination.
There are so many more lessons I can list here. But these were key in my life.
I am learning some huge lessons right now and there will be more with each year that passes.
I hope I get the lesson each time so that I can grow in the right direction and I hope you do too.
Please share your lessons in the comments below.