For people with advanced cancer
Welcome! My name is Cate North and I created Stage 4 Living as a resource to help people dealing with advanced cancer.
Cancer has been a part of my life for over 20 years, and since 2016, I have been living with MBC—metastatic breast cancer. I am fortunate to have treatment options that have enabled me to beat to odds. Now I want to be of some small service to others with MBC, or to anyone with advanced cancer of any kind.
About the picture: Taken by friend and professional photographer Kay Beaton, not long after my first recurrence in 2007. She helped me get my mojo back!
Principles of Stage 4 Living
Stay in the game
Choose to be fully present and stay engaged, as best you can. Adapt as the rules change and respond to curve balls that come your way.
Lighten your load
Determine and focus on what matters. You have enough of a burden; let go of the petty stuff to live with greater ease and grace.
Honor the journey
Empower yourself by taking one step and one day at a time, bearing witness to the experience and finding purpose and meaning.
About the lotus flower
Rooted in mud, the lotus flower submerges every night into murky water and re-blossoms the next day in pristine condition. We all have mud and muck to go through. It may be of our own making or beyond our control, yet the choice is ours to emerge as beautifully and unscathed as possible.
(Image source: Pixabay)