It’s easy to take health for granted. When all is working well, most of us don’t think about it. But today’s podcast guest reminds us that nothing is certain.
Emily Garnett is an elder care attorney who was raising a toddler when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer about a year ago. The prognosis for this isn’t good; Garnett noted that the median survival time is about 3 years. Facing this down in her early 30s was, as she said, “really, really hard.” For the first two months, she stayed in her bed crying for big parts of the day.
But for the past year, as she’s been navigating treatment, and the psychological challenges, she has been learning to live with uncertainty. In this episode, she discussed how she talks with her son about Mommy being sick, how she’s learned to think about her life goals with a 5-year-horizon (rather than the 50 years another 30-something might imagine), and the blog and podcast she’s started to help other young people living with metastatic cancer.
Please give this episode a listen; there’s a lot to think about in terms of resilience and how people can keep going when life doesn’t turn out as planned.