Here are some lessons I am learning, with my most recent surgery to remove a mass in my abdomen. With my cancer history, this is always a very scary thing. I don't want to stay down, when life hits with this kind of force, but I do want to pause, learn, and here I am sharing the experience during the thick of it. When I am still trying to overcome the challenges. I want to come out of this with better purpose and perspective. I hope by being vulnerable (also scary for me) and sharing, you or one of your friends can learn the lessons without physically going through the same challenges/pain/struggles. So here it is, the lessons I am being made aware of and trying to learn from right now in real (still raw) time:
Whatever challenge you are dealing with right now...First of all, I am sorry you are dealing with it! I know it really sucks. Take some time to really feel the weight of it, but I hope you choose to not stay there. We all have a precious finite and unknown amount of TIME. Let's go make the best of it!
7/8/2018 01:18:15 pm
I am so proud of u !! This has been a real soul searching time for u. Thanks for sharing , we r all in this together!!
7/8/2018 01:23:56 pm
Thank you for sharing the lessons you've learned. You always inspire me to be a better person, both physically and mentally. Once again, you've taken tough circumstances and seen the good in them and taken the opportunity to make a lifestyle course correction. Miss you!
7/8/2018 01:42:10 pm
tears because I empathize...tears because I understand.
7/8/2018 01:56:11 pm
Though it’s been years since I’ve worked out with you, I still approach fitness with the inspiration learned from you. I’m sorry to hear of your challenges past and present but know that if anyone can beat them, my money is on you.
7/8/2018 02:02:20 pm
Thank you so much for this timely post. I really needed this today as I prepare for my rest and recovery time. Perspective and patience with yourself can be so hard. I’m sorry you had to go through this, but thankful for the lessons you are passing on. You are my hero!
7/8/2018 04:12:06 pm
Kiersten, you are an inspiration in everything you do! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow bright and early!
7/8/2018 05:34:19 pm
Thank you for writing. You are truly and inspiration to so many people. Prayers for healing and good results.
7/8/2018 06:13:38 pm
Love you Kiersten. You are an irreplaceable friend to me, and I am thankful to have you in my life! Thank you for sharing, and we will continue to work hard at this life ❤️
7/8/2018 06:25:50 pm
Kiersten, you are an amazing young woman and I’m so thankful I’ve had the pleasure knowing and learning from you. I’m so sorry to hear this, but tha k you for the words of wisdom. We all need to hear this and be reminded. Prayers and Love to you all.
7/8/2018 07:05:32 pm
Kiersten, I was upset to hear of your recent surgery. Especially when we recently ran into one other downtown and I had to rush off so quickly. Thank you for sharing your story and your lessons. You are always an inspiration to me whether I'm involved with FI or not. Your teachings about mindfulness, strength and gratitude stay with me always along with your joyful spirit. I know you'll recover stronger than ever because you're a fighter. Embrace your strength now as I know you are, and know that you are loved and surrounded with support and prayers always. Be well my friend!
7/8/2018 07:29:21 pm
Amazing woman you are Kiersten! You are such an inspiration!! Through all of your trials in life by sharing your experience with others is the Best you can do. I haven't worked out with you in years! You have continued to be an inspiration to me even though you are many miles away. I'm sorry you are enduring such a painful thing!! Keep your head up and stay positive. I sure miss you!! ❤️ Karla
7/9/2018 03:03:31 am
7/9/2018 02:19:46 pm
Wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing your story and continuing to inspire others. <3
7/12/2018 05:47:05 pm
K—thank you for sharing your challenges and victories. I love who you are. 💕
7/12/2018 06:35:47 pm
When I started FI in Mt. Pleasant over 10 years ago -- it wasn't long into it before I talked to you and said I just cant do this (due to a medical condition I was struggling with)...it was your positive attitude and total dedication to myself and others that made me think....Yes I can do this. And 10 years later I am still reminded of those inspiring words and continue to work out. This is a beautiful blog and hope you find peace in writing it. And now I say to you -- You can do this Kiersten!! One day at a time.
7/12/2018 11:00:32 pm
You are and in my mind will always inspire. Praying for the healing hands of God. Comfort and strength to keep you always. Love to you and your family.
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