Heidi Yi –
It’s time to stop procrastinating and just ‘HAVE A GO! That’s my motto. As a young breast cancer survivor, small business owner and self-published author, I have learnt to let go of my fears and be excited about trying something new.
At 35, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a shock. Not what I expected the Doctor to tell me. I was in my 30’s, living a busy life and this diagnosis shook me to my core. How did this happen to me?
So many questions ran through my head. Honestly, I don’t think anyone can prepare you for how to cope with being told you have breast cancer.
How was I going to afford treatment? What will happen to my body physically? How do I go to work? How do I tell my family? Will I survive?
These were just a few of the questions running through my mind. The answers eventually came and so began my emotional, all-consuming breast cancer-journey.
I’VE BEEN IN REMISSION FOR 5 YEARS AND I AM SO PROUD TO SHARE THIS WITH THE WORLD.
In 2018, I self-published my book ‘The Determinator. Heidi’s Personal Journey Through Cancer’. Writing has always been a passion of mine and once I started putting pen to paper, it just felt so natural. Writing about my personal journey was challenging, yet therapeutic. Reliving my journey to write the story helped me to see that I am a strong, motivated woman who can achieve anything. I felt empowered. It was time to share my journey with others and help those who were struggling to understand that they will get through the dark times. There is light at the end and whilst it feels impossible, you must have faith and hope.
MY SHOPPING LIST OF CANCER CRAP AND STRUGGLES…
- Getting very sick from chemotherapy
- Radiation therapy
- 5 years of hormone therapy (and ve years to go)
- Received intravenous Herceptin treatment over 12 months
- Over 10 operations including a double mastectomy and reconstruction
- Over 20 hospital admissions
- 2 life threatening infections
- 2 blood transfusions
- Over 20 visits to the Emergency Department
- Over 5 ambulance rides to the Emergency Department
My shopping list of cancer struggles is long but I can tell you, I am not going anywhere. I am moving forward to a brighter future. My dream is to inspire others to dream big. Live your life one day at a time and really take a moment to enjoy the small things. Sounds cliché but when you travel through a journey that rocks your core, it’s really the way I live each and every day now.
I encourage others to not wait until you have a journey such as mine to make a change. Take the initiative now to make the change and follow your dreams.
ELIMINATE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE
We all have some level of stress in our lives. Whether it’s stress caused by health or wellness issues, stress relating to your career and business or stress caused by personal problems or relationships with others. I don’t think anyone can actually say they are stress-free. What we need to do is recognise this stress and work towards eliminating this stress from your life. There are many stress relief techniques and often it’s about finding what works best for you.
Throughout my breast cancer journey, I discovered that healthy eating and exercise were two factors that really helped me feel better. Not just physically, but mentally. I will admit that prior to my breast cancer diagnosis I didn’t focus much on what I was feeding my body. I loved my coffee and sweets (doesn’t everyone?). When I discovered that cancer cells thrive on sugar, I had to change my eating habits. I visited an organic food store for the very rst time and started educating myself on healthy eating and those nutrients that were going to fuel my body for better health.
Exercise was another important change for me. Prior to my breast cancer diagnosis, I didn’t exercise much. Working long hours can impact your motivation to exercise and I definitely didn’t feel the need to exercise after a long day at work. This all changed with my diagnosis, and whilst I couldn’t manage high intensity exercise, just simply going for a walk was going to help me stay fit and healthy plus relieve some of the stress in my life.
Mental and physical health is very important and we each have a responsibility to ourselves to maintain it. It should be your number one priority.
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you won’t be successful. It doesn’t matter what you do, there will always be someone telling you that it won’t work. I’ve heard it all. What I’ve learned is that you should always follow your dreams, even
if to others they seem impossible to achieve. They are your dreams and you are the one who will work to achieve them, not others.
Whether it be family, friends or colleagues, usually everyone will offer you some form of advice. Some advice will be positive and some will be negative. It’s up to you which advice you take on board but don’t ever let your dreams become compromised because others fear you will not achieve them. Follow your passion and you will achieve your success.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN?
Success is different to all of us. To some, success is career-driven and to achieve success they must achieve their career goals. To others, success is personal. Everyone has their own individual goals and achieving these goals is to achieve success.
What’s important is the value you place on your success and how you would like to achieve it. When I decided to become a self-published author, I set myself the goal of having my book published within 12 months. I knew that I needed 12 months to write and edit my book, plus set up and execute the publishing process. This was my goal and to achieve success would be to have the book published in 12 months.
Whilst this was career-driven, I also had a vision of personal success. It was very important for me to stay healthy and continue to be in remission. I had to ensure that whilst I was focused on publishing my book, I had to stay healthy. Success for me was eating well, exercising and simply looking after my body.
You can be successful in your own right. Understand what success means to you and run at your own pace to achieve it.
A LITTLE BUSINESS TIP…
One tip I have learnt over the years as a small business owner is to outsource and automate your business. I outsource social media management, copywriting, editing and bookkeeping tasks. These are not my expertise and by outsourcing to those who are experts in the field, I eliminate any additional stress in my life. This method allows me to spend my time on doing the things I enjoy, such as writing. It’s about working smarter, not harder.
SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET OUT THERE AND ‘HAVE A GO’!