From Hardship to Healing: The Power of Gratitude


This is my journey of previvorship in a nutshell: In a span of six years, between ages 26 and 32, I welcomed two children within 19 months, worked a full-time job during early motherhood as a palliative care physician, served on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and underwent multiple breast cancer risk-reducing surgeries in 2020.

When people hear my story, I often get asked the same question repeatedly: “How did you handle all that?”

When I reflect on my journey, one tool stands out as a lifesaver: gratitude.

What Is Gratitude?

Gratitude is one of the most powerful positive human emotions that is often overlooked. It is the act of expressing appreciation for what we have, whether big or small. It could be gratitude for our health, relationships, or even something as simple as a beautiful sunset. Gratitude is not about ignoring or denying hardships and challenges in life, but rather choosing to focus on the good things that exist amidst them.


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