Are You Still Telling People You're Fine When You're Not?

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

“I’m tired of telling people I’m fine when I’m not.” Debbie Woodbury

I founded WWGN because I wanted to continue sharing with other people who “got it.” Along the way, I discovered that telling my cancer story and finding support were the keys to creating inspired healing, wellness and live out loud joy.

Two weeks ago I appeared live on GE Healthcare’s Breast Cancer Mosaic webinar and shared my story in great detail. I talked about all aspects of cancer’s impact on my life, including:

Receiving a diagnosis;
Survivor’s Guilt;
Body Image;
Loneliness;
Gratitude;
Giving Back;
Family Responsibilities;
and so much more.

The overarching message I wanted to share was the importance of finding a community of people who completely understand where you are. As I talk about in the video, it took me a long time to find support (over six months.) When I finally found it, I felt as if someone had thrown me a lifeline and saved my life. With that support I gradually found validation and strength, which enabled me to take responsibility for telling my story – rather than keeping it locked inside me.

After I did the webinar, several women wrote me to say that my vulnerability (some tears were shed) inspired them to open up too. That was music to my ears because it’s the reason I share so openly (it’s not easy talking about yourself for an hour!)

When you have the time, please watch my video so I can share my story with you (you’ll find it here.) After you watch it, make sure to leave me a comment. I’d love to hear your story too!

Survival > Existence,

Originally published on WhereWeGoNow

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About: Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” The healing power of sharing her story as a cancer survivor compelled Debbie Woodbury to found WhereWeGoNow, an interactive community for cancer survivors creating inspired healing, wellness and live out loud joy. Debbie is also a blogger at The Huffington Post, an inspirational speaker, a support volunteer with The Cancer Hope Network, a member of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center Oncology Community Advisory Board, a patient educator with the Pathways Women’s Cancer Teaching Project, a wife and mother, and a former very stressed out lawyer. 

You can also find Debbie on Twitter and Facebook.

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