The miracle that is your body deserves your love and respect, because it is exactly this miracle that will get you through treatment – whatever that holds and looks like for you.  

New year, new you.

As reliably as New York City’s Times Square ball drops (unrelenting rain be damned), you can bet the commercials for health clubs, diet plans, and a plethora of exercise equipment you already own and rarely use flooded the airwaves and social media space at exactly midnight on New Years Eve.

Actually, they started well before midnight, designed with one goal in mind; to unearth the NEW YOU, waiting just beyond the extra poundage you carry, unconscionably unhealthy diet you eat, and deconditioned body you inhabit.

That’s the standard New Year party line, right?

Well, for everyone, that is, except you.

The you recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

The already new you is desperately longing for the familiar old you because you desperately want her back.


The new you is NOT the one you would have chosen, given the option.

Not that you were.

You want the old you who, on most every New Year’s Eve prior to this one berated her out-of-shape body, frightful eating habits and nightly wine pour as something just this side of illegal, vowing to change all of it at the stroke of midnight into something just this side of virtuous.

Oh yes, you most definitely want those pre-breast cancer problems back as the ONLY problems you need to solve.

Lose weight. Exercise regularly. Dine out less. Cook more. Eat better. Cut back on the booze.

How simplistic and practically trivial that thinking was in comparison to the thoughts crowding your mind now, right?

2019 is just barely underway, having dumped on December 31 at the stroke of midnight, 365 days of unknowns at your feet. Your thoughts are spiraling out of control, careening between anxiety, fear, disbelief and back again.

What would you give to need only decide which diet you’d be able to stand for more than a 24-hour period?

I’d like to suggest, if you’re open to it, a different way to welcome the New Year. After all, to borrow from the title of an obscure Grand Funk Railroad song, “nothing is the same.”

What if you could celebrate your body in all its forms – your current body fighting to regain equilibrium, your new post-surgery/treatment body to come, and your before diagnosis body?


Perhaps that’s a leap, suggesting you go from a place of utter body despair to one of complete acceptance, but would it be possible to at least acknowledge that you HAVE a body, one deserving of love in all its forms?

I know.

You feel like your body betrayed you by manifesting the unspeakable horror of breast cancer, even though you’d done your best to (mostly) exercise it and feed it (mostly) right.

Even still, what would it look and feel like if you celebrated your body for. . .

  • Its raw strength – even on days you may not feel particularly strong.

  • Its ability to heal and recover.

  • Its miraculous digesting and metabolizing of food for energy and curative properties.

  • Its tendency toward balance in support of normal blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, blood sugar levels, and kidney function.

  • Its power to get you off the sofa and into the kitchen for a nourishing snack.

  • Its signaling, subtle and strong alike, that alerts you to feeling too hungry, too full, too cold, too hot, so you can respond in kind and keep yourself safe.

  • Its ability to bounce back from surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, medication – perhaps not exactly as it was before – but here, solidly on earth, participating in the messiness and reality of life.

I could go on.

The miracle that is your body deserves your love and respect, because it is exactly this miracle that will get you through treatment – whatever that holds and looks like for you.  

The world as you know it has been upended, there’s no denying that.

But your body is still here for you, doing its best to rock steady and rock on. What do you say to helping it along, now and in the new year to come?

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