Sometimes, life’s a bitch.
But, sometimes, a person comes along who encompasses an attitude of “Screw it, I’m gonna life my life to the fullest!”
She saw the glass as half-full – always craving the next taste of life.
She hated bees.
She argued with her parents and siblings, but made up soon after.
She didn’t hold grudges. Life was too short for such nonsense.
She loved her family.
She loved her husband.
But, most of all, she loved being a mom. It’s all she ever wanted in life.
So, when she felt a lump in her breast during her third-trimester of pregnancy, she knew she would do anything in her power to rid her body of the cancerous lump.
Funny thing though, her doctor’s weren’t overly concerned with the lump. And at one point, she herself even thought it would dissipate after giving birth to her son, Frankie.
But it didn’t.
The diagnosis came back as breast cancer.
And, not just the “typical” breast cancer that some women have. Nope, she was diagnosed with the “Head Bitch of the Disease.” She tested positive for an abnormal BRCA1 gene. Abnormal BRCA1 is a harmful gene mutation that increases the risk for a woman getting breast and/or ovarian cancers. It is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer.
She didn’t even blink an eye when telling the doctor of her course of treatment.
She wanted her breasts removed … and since BRCA1 thrives on estrogen, her other female reproductive organs were removed from her body too.
She was barren.
She was crushed. She wanted three kiddos. But, she was OK with just having Frankie if it meant she could be his entire world.
And she was.
She was his entire world for 19 months.
Jenny Metzer-Bassett died on April 24. She was only 31 years old.
She didn’t want a timeline for her life on Earth. Ultimately she knew her fate.
But for 19 months, she did what she set out to do. She was a warrior. She was the bitch that beat cancer – maybe not in the sense that you think – but she did. She didn’t let the diagnosis get the best of her. She lived her life.
We can all learn from Jenny …
When faced with adversary and bad news – forge forward with a positive attitude and screw the rest.