The Journey

Coral Gables Counseling Center - Wednesday, January 22, 2020
By Emy Fernandez, MBA, Life Coach

Life and Heath Coach

Deciding what to write in October is hard

Why?…because I feel as a breast cancer survivor – I should write about breast cancer

But I did that last year and the year before

This year – I don’t want to

This was hard – to decide not to

It was hard because once I got breast cancer – and survived it – I felt like breast cancer defined me

tumor, left breast gone, chemo, hair gone


And – as it sometimes happens

I was sitting with the white computer screen in front of me – I got a text from a friend of mine with this picture of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach all lit up in pink with a note

“National Breast Cancer Awareness Month = Pink Fontainebleau

My response “Beautiful! Thank you for thinking of me my friend…”

Her response

“This doesn’t define you, it was a journey that you took and are stronger because of it. The pink was something we can all appreciate. The world is aware & hopefully fighting for a cure. 🦄”

Life experiences that happen to us are just that – life experiences – they teach us, they strengthen us – but they are not who we are

So – although I didn’t want to write about breast cancer again this October – I thought my friend’s message was worth sharing…


What “defining” experiences have you had in your life?
Did you feel stronger from having experienced them?
Did you learn from them?
Leave your comments here.