Recovery from cancer, chemotherapy and other treatments is more than a major accomplishment. How do I stay healthy and return to activities of daily living? How do I keep the cancer from recurring? These are questions that all survivors must grapple with as they continue to heal. Although exercise and diet are vital in terms physical recovery, there are also important emotional components in one’s return back to health. Having a sense of gratitude connects us to the people who have been essential throughout the recovery and connects us to a deeper reality of who we are and why we are here. People who regularly practice gratefulness are known to have better emotional, physical, and mental health than those who do not. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life,” writes self-help author Melody Beattie. “It turns what we have into enough, and more.”
“I am grateful for my health,” said Amy E. Herman is the renowned author of Visual Intelligence and breast cancer warrior. “You don’t take your health for granted. I will go to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for the rest of my life for maintenance. When I am within five to six blocks of it [the center], I am a nicer person. I give up cabs, I hold doors, I hold elevators because I know what people are going through. They’re tired. They’re sick. They’re moving slowly. I’ll never be grateful for my cancer experience, but it has enhanced my life in its own way.”
Her inner strength is manifested in her outward beauty. Shot with a clean beauty approach by Angela Cappetta, Amy is living proof that anyone can come back stronger than ever.