Yesterday, this New York Times article was getting a lot of attention on social media so I decided to read it. I’m glad I did. I admire Angelina Jolie Pitt’s courageous choices to not only prevent cancer, but to share her experience and bring awareness to others, I am fascinated and grateful at the strides that have been made in identifying these markers that give patients preventative options, and I just really, really liked this quote:
The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.
This struck me and seemed to transport me to moments, though different than hers, when I faced similar fears about myself, my daughter, and other loved ones. And I think she nailed it. Though terrifying, it is peaceful. Though tough decisions have to be made, they are easy because there is so much clarity about what really matters. These moments are polarizing, clearing out all the minutia and making room for peace. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to draw a direct comparison from a mother facing cancer to a child with special needs, but I think anyone facing a severe, life threatening health concern within their family can relate to what she said and understand those feelings. And that’s why it matters that she is willing to talk about it in such a public way and spread awareness. And that’s why I think it matters that we are all willing to talk about our stories. You never know the impact you can have on someone else just by being open with others in real life and/or social media.
When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else. -Iyanla Vanzant
So I guess I’m saying thank you to Angelina Jolie Pitt for not being afraid to share her story because by doing so, she inspired me. She reminded me of those frightening fears I have faced and the importance to focus on what really matters. Because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring with our fragile children, our parents, our spouses, ourselves…let’s remember those moments of clarity and be present in a real way with those we love.
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