One Little Word

One little word, I have always picked one word to follow as inspiration for the year.  This year my word is GRIT, I will need it this coming year.

Grit: strength of character; courage of resolve; determination; perseverance.  Grit is tough.  Grit is tenacious.  Grit is endurance.

It is amazing how one little word can drive your passions, emotions, and the way you live in a positive way.  But it is also amazing how one little word can change your life in a different way.  A word that is proving to be a bump in the road entered my life last month... cancer.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month.  Initially I was devastated, and honestly my mind went to the negative right away.  Luckily my husband helped me to snap out of that quickly.  It was caught early and is treatable, so that is great.  But it is a very scary thing and it's still a detour I need to get through.

I wanted to share, not for sympathy but to remind you all to get your ta ta's squished every year.  I am 43, not necessarily old.  I exercise daily.  I eat healthy, organic foods.  I  don't smoke.  I had no lump to feel.  I don't have a family history of breast cancer.  It would not have been found this early without the mammogram.  Luckily, I have been going every year since I was 39, so they had previous mammograms to compare to and noticed a difference from last year.

I go in for surgery next week.  I am scared, but I can get through this.  I will use GRIT to recover and heal.  I may be recycling some blog posts, but also have some bloggy friends lined up to be a guest bloggers, so stick around.

Do you choose a word to use as inspiration each year?  Hop on over to Primary Powers to join their One Word Linky.


  1. My mom just finished her treatments this fall. She was also lucky it was caught early! Thanks for reminding everyone to go get checked. I have a family history, so I will definitely be going every year. You can get through this! Just let your family be there to support you and keep a positive outlook on life! :) Take care and be strong!

    First Grade Garden

  2. Lord, guide the surgeon's hands as he/she operates on Renee. Please give her doctor's wisdom and discernment as they treat her. Give her strength, stamina, encouragement, and laughter as she faces this challenge. Surround her with loving family and friends. In Jesus' name, Amen.

  3. Grit will serve you well! Best of luck to you in 2015 and through your recovery!


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