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Rupture and Repair

There is a psychological construct the holds that all growth/healing happens through cycles of rupture and repair. I don't know that I believe ALL growth happens this way, but I do know that the times when I've had the biggest growth/healing spurts, whether it's psychologically or spiritually or even physically, came after I was completely flattened.

It was a year ago today that I found out I had breast cancer.

Which turns out to be the single greatest lesson about living I've ever had. Seriously, it was such a huge gift.

Cancer reminded me that the human body is incredibly valiant. Cancer taught me about the goodness of people. Cancer taught me self-compassion. Cancer revealed the incredible kindness of the people in my life. Cancer brought me back to listening to my body. Cancer freed me of all of the emotional baggage I'd been carrying. Cancer broke down all of the barriers I had erected against experiencing life on every single level.

Cancer helped me crystalli…

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