01 Nov It’s my cancerversary!
The 24th of August, 2021 marks a very special day: one that I was told I might not live to see. It’s my 1st Cancerversary!
When I was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 lung cancer this time last year, I was advised not to make plans. But, as many of you know, I always have and always will live life on my own terms.
This past year, I’m delighted to have:
✓ Refocussed my career to empower others to lead with purpose
✓ Designed and led workshops for the likes of EY, BNP Paribas and The Nesbitt Centre
✓ Co-authored an Amazon best seller
✓ Featured in the South China Morning Post SCMP, Tatler Asia Group, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), and more
✓ Passed level two powerboat handling exam – a skill I hadn’t planned on learning prior to my diagnosis
✓ Started driving a car again for the first time in about 20 years (I’m still a very nervous driver!)
✓ Bought and furnished my first house in Scotland while living in Hong Kong
✓ Continued to recover well from Covid, which I caught three weeks ago.
How did any of this happen? I practiced what I preach. Whether it’s your health, career, or relationships, I encourage you to take ownership of your own journey and follow your purpose. After the shock of my diagnosis subsided, I put in place a holistic plan to beat cancer one day at a time. I networked (virtually, of course) and assembled a team of experts to support me on my cancer journey. I learned how to understand scientific research papers (I read hundreds of them!), completely changed my physical and mental diet to focus on killing cancer cells, building my immunity and growing my wisdom, and increased my exercise to help with my recovery.
Which leads me to my greatest achievement this year: in April, I got into full remission and I’m doing everything I can to stay that way!
As William Wallace said “Every man dies. Not every man truly lives”. You live every day of your life and you die only once. I plan to live every day well and happy and have a life of no regrets.
I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported me on my journey so far. Thank you!