Cancer Sucks–A Fight for Family and Life with Sandra Dougherty

This episode is going to be unlike one I have EVER done. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to do something special today. I have a guest on today’s show who has an absolutely amazing story that will leave you feeling both extremely grateful and inspired.

Sandra Dougherty has faced death. And cancer has impacted her life in a way unimaginable. She has faced cancer not once, but twice, and she lost her husband to cancer between her own bouts of cancer. Her fight, resilience, and mindset through extreme adversity is an example of what it means to look death and fear straight in the face and find a way to get through it all by getting her mind, body, and spirit right. 

The full impact of this episode is felt from start to end and it will leave you feeling full of gratitude, grit, and love. And it will change the way you approach adversity forever! 

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More on the episode:

5:53 – The Health and Fitness Start
An acupuncturist inspired by her own journey to health.

6:47 – The Love Story
What happens on the beach volleyball court… may just lead to love.

9:11 – The Cancer Diagnosis
Sandra’s life seemed perfect until the unexpected happened.

11:25 – The “Why Me?” Moment

She felt like she was doing everything right…

12:39 – The Acceptance
“The answer to why has changed many times and I know I will never have the answer.” 

21:46 – The Fight
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

23:55 – The Curveball
January 2016, her husband of 15 years started complaining of stomach pain…

33:25 – The Hope
Faith, Family, and Friends

34:47 – The Kids
Navigating her kids life through traumatic experiences and loss. 

40:32 – The Reality
Difficult times are inevitable. You will never know how strong you are until strong is all you have left.

42:25 – The Family Mantra
“This will not shape us. We will…..”

45:32 – The Overtime
Sandra’s response when again, another tumor was found…

50:37 – The Battle
How to get through tough times

51:48 – The Health
Hear Sandra’s hard-learned lessons and actionable tips to fighting for her peace, her health, her family, and her healing.

55:30 – The Takeaway 
Don’t let doctors, family, or anyone write your story… make your own.

1:00:25 – The Legacy
“You can sit and say why me, you can be angry, but don’t deny your humanity or your grief. Just put an end date to it. Start looking forward and around and keep going.” 

1:02:19 – Final Gratitude

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