Make Your Mess, Your Message

Day #4

I remember when  Robin Roberts was first  diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2007.  I didn’t follow the story much then.  However, her story got my attention when she was diagnosed with,  myelodysplastic syndrome, or pre leukemia, which she contracted as a result of her breast cancer treatment.   With my own diagnosis,  I now had something in common with her, and so I took a vested interest in her process. Her healing process.

Last night she was the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, at the ESPY ‘s.


Her story, her speech, worth watching, worth sharing.

All of it.

We all need those, who have gone before us to inspire us to fight, to move forward, to give us hope, to help us LIVE BRAVE.

And so today.  I want to share her story with you.

Its a series of three videos.  I hope you will take the time to watch them all.  Most especially her speech as she received her award.

She talks about making your mess, your message.  I am quite sure that is the bravest thing someone can do.  It goes back to choosing to be transparent.  Choosing to allow those places that may have been broken become a launching pad for someone else’s brave.  And in the midst of it all, we become braver ourselves.

One Brave Soul, Gretchen, shared this with us yesterday, “Yet my struggles helps others.”

That my friends is Brave.

I pray you are inspired , and encouraged by Robin’s journey as much as I have been.

Live Brave Question #4 –  Whose story has encouraged you to LIVE BRAVE?  (not a bible character)

Until tomorrow.


PS:  I know, I know…I said I would talk about the tank top giveaway today.  I will tomorrow.  Promise.  I just felt this was way too important to share  than a shirt.  ❤

7 thoughts on “Make Your Mess, Your Message

  1. OK, I don’t want to sound cliche or anything, but truly, YOUR story has enocuraged me to REALLY be brave for the first time in years. I’m still real unsure if I can do this but I know I will take baby steps toward it each day thanks to you and your readers daily posts and encouragements.

    I have always been a fan of Robin’s so I look forward to watching the videos on my lunch hour! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Robin Roberts and all people fighting breast cancer have been my heroes for along time. I have never had breast cancer but I have close family members and friends who have. Robin’s story has encouraged me to share my mess.

    Mine is really different from yours. My mother was my best friend, I am her only child. Over the last 10 years I watched her die of Alzheimer Disease.

    My heroes are the everyday people who God put in my path that gave me the courage to face each day..There were many, and I am very thankful for them.

    This last year was the most difficult. She passed away last February after a tragic accident in her room. In the process of all of that, I was forced to retire from my 30 year teaching career a year before I wanted to. Right now I am trying to assess the damages and fix the broken parts in my life..

    Sharing my mess is difficult. Right now I have to be brave and push the button to share this.

    1. Peggy, your authenticity touch me deeply. Thank you for trusting the process and moving through the hard stuff even when it feels like sludge.
      There is freedom in shining the light in our dark places. You my friend have just opened the shutters. Its a new day.

  3. My Mom showed me that life is worth living. She had 9 surgeries. She has one lobe of the liver, one fourth of her stomach, no gallbladder, no appendix and no ovaries. She is also a cancer survivor and most upbeat person I ever met!

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