You can overcome challenges!

You can overcome challenges! Do you ever feel that life becomes overbearing because of the many challenges that you have in your life? I would like to share with you some examples of two courageous women who are overcoming their personal challenges and how they rediscovered life. It’s very empowering to see examples of how people overcome challenges, both large and small.

Mary Elizabeth Williams, a writer, consultant, and commentator was faced with melanoma. Since her diagnosis in 2010, she has been documenting her journey in a series of articles published on

A year after her surgery, Williams faced stage-four melanoma and was told it had spread to her lung, back, and bloodstream. Despite incredible odds of recovery, she’s progressing with the help of her doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Corinne Christensen, a mother of three, is a four-year survivor of breast and brain cancer. In 2010 she was given a diagnosis of stage- three breast cancer and later stage-four brain cancer.

Dr. Helen Sidebotham, a radiation oncologist, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Center mentioned her unwavering optimism and appreciation for life.

Christensen said that when you have cancer, and particularly when your cancer progresses, she keep her eye on the prize of wellness and remained confident.

Dr. Sidebotham said that in addition to treating patients medically, she makes patients aware of the emotional journey they face. She explains that being diagnosed with cancer, regardless of what stage, will bring them through a grieving process similar to that felt with any great loss because they actually have lost something very valuable to them, their carefree life. She informs her patients that their grieving process will have an end and they will regain their strength and confidence.

Challenges are part of our lives. The quality of our lives depends on how we respond to them. Dr. Sidebotham brought out an interesting point about going through a grieving process when dealing with a challenge. There is a loss in any challenge. Our lives are not the same in a good or bad way. Change is difficult.

You can overcome challenges! Although difficult, I’ve gained strength and wisdom from them. I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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