Helping my friend Gayle complete her book has been a labor of love for me. Gayle invented the "Thrive" mantra in 2007 after a shocking battle with breast cancer, a 10 year arduous journey. Throughout, Gayle refused to let cancer run her life. In 2008 Gayle and I traveled to the World Conference on Breast Cancer which was held in Winnipeg Canada. We went there to spread the Thrive message. Women from all over the world went nuts over the Thrive philosophy! Many saw themselves, their attitudes and efforts so similar to Gayle's.
Thriving is the choice not to let cancer or any illness be the defining thing in a person's life. Thrive recognizes the need for survivors but for the first time those who do not survive are able to shake the implication that they are automatically losers. The survivor label for Gayle was a simple win – lose proposition. If you survive, you are a winner. And while no one would audibly say that people who did not survive are losers, that inference looms over the head of those who are deep in the muck of their cancer battle. And so I brought Gayle to Australia, and assembled an eclectic group of Thrivers for her to meet in the hope that they would be the inspiration she needed to finish her book. Thrivers who had almost lost their lives and those who had lost loved ones but keep their memories alive in the most loving and inspiring ways. Truly recharged Gayle returns home and finds other Thrivers in her own back yard.
Thrive brings relief of negative stigmas based on simple outcomes. Thrive measures the quality a life has offered as a better instrument of value than assigning value only to the length of that life. The Thrive name was introduced as a new word into the cancer conversation. I believe it will alter the conversation forever.
This is our Thriving story.
"Cancer, any illness, does not have to control or dominate your life"
"While you're waiting to survive - you can Thrive"
"What is a life 1 to 19, 1 to 90, People can live to 90 and lead a miserable life"
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