October 31, 2014

Time To Come Out Of The Closet

Written in March 2014 
It's time for me to come out of the closet. Some of you already know and for those of you who don't, here goes...
A week before relocating from New Jersey to Florida, I tested positive for the BRCA1 gene. This means I have an 87% chance of getting breast cancer or a recurrence (duh, I had breast cancer 19 years ago) and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer. In December, a month after moving, I had my ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed taking care of the ovarian cancer risk. I recovered well from the first surgery and am enjoying life in sunny Florida. On March 18th, I will be having a prophylactic double mastectomy, while not looking forward to the surgery and recovery - I am focusing on the positive statistics that will reduce my breast cancer risk from 87% to 3%. 

I am very grateful I live in a time where I have options and can be proactive about my health. 

I am so lucky to have found excellent surgeons I trust and to be surrounded by a wonderful network of love, support and caring.
As Angelina Jolie stated "Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of". I have always been a warrior and I plan on coming out of this next battle stronger and better than ever.~ Karen

P.S. The photo was taken as I went into surgery. It is now seven months since surgery and I am feeling fabulous.

June 27, 2013

You Make A Difference

June 25, 2013

Listen To Your Inner Voice

Do not look back only look ahead
At all that awaits you
Look at this moment
Feel what you are feeling
Experience this present moment
For you have made a choice
A decision that will steer you
In a new direction
Opportunities will open up to you
Keep your heart open
Trust your instincts
Listen to your inner voice
You have the power
To access your inner wisdom
Be still
Be quiet

Let your wisdom guide you
On your own personal journey
By listening to your heart
Your soul will be alight
And let you be
All that you are intended to be

The future awaits
With open arms
But it is how you deal with
This present moment
That determines what the future has in store for you
Your actions today will determine your tomorrows
So be present in this moment
To reap the kind of tomorrow you dream about
It has been said since the beginning of time
Ask and you shall receive
And so it is
Know what you want
Ask for it
Dream it
be it
And live it

It is all there for the asking

By Karen Hackel