A New Day: Chasing Life

Chasing Life

I’m not going into too much detail, but I’ve spent the last ten months chasing life. I admit I’m stealing that phrase from the new ABC Family TV show, which I just happen to be watching right now, but when the shoe fits……

On the show, the main character is given a scary diagnosis just as she’s kicking off her career as a writer. She’s hesitant to tell her family and she wonders how it’s going to impact every aspect of her life.

Well, I had the same thing happen to me not so long ago, the difference between she and I being age. I’m older, I have kids, I’m not starting out. However, I have a family that the diagnosis impacted, and as I wait for the lead character to tell her mother, I completely relate to her dilemma.

I couldn’t tell my mom either when my diagnosis was confirmed. I knew it would hit her like a rock falling from the sky.

And it did, I won’t lie. I don’t think she’s ever fully recovered, as much as I try to convince her that I’ll be fine. But there is no way to know that for sure.

I’m Chasing Life

However, my prognosis is good. I feel great, and to be honest, I have a new lease on life. In the short time I’ve known about my condition, I’ve ridden in a 40-mile bike ride, gone swimming with dolphins, taken my family on a cruise, gone back to graduate school. Talk about a 360 degree turn!

You know why? I am chasing life. I’m chasing it so fast that I worry about catching up. Things happen in life that we can’t control and this was one. I have two young children who need me, a husband I adore, a life to live and so many places to travel. Next month I’m traveling to Brazil, and I’m already secretly planning that trip to India with a friend of mine (Shhh…don’t tell my husband!).

The moral of my story: ENJOY LIFE. Appreciate every moment. I had a wake-up call, and I’m not sure how long the call will last.



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  1. love, love love this so much!

  2. here’s to chasing life. I suspect no one’s doing it better than you xo

  3. I’m so proud of you for how you are dealing with this challenge! Of course I’m not surprised… you are THAT person who is always positive… always willing to confront the hard stuff… and not letting anything stop you from enjoying life! Go kick it’s ass Holly! I’m here for you!!

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