When the Fire is Over, Just Put it Out

I searched for my Texas cousin Sara’s blog, “Sara’s Corner,” but it wasn’t there. Last December, she took early retirement after 25ish years of working for the same company since college, rising through the ranks and reaching a position of power. She was the proverbial corporate gal, a go-getter and we wondered what her next act would be. In January, we learned it was breast cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation dominated her year, which was punctuated by a hysterectomy once the cancer treatment was complete. An ordeal to be sure. Her blog provided updates on the treatments and her state of mind, which was remarkably, consistently positive — not only with the status of treatments but as if this was merely another glitch in the corporate project that was her. It was nothing short of inspirational and reminded me that everyone handles set-backs in different ways and I very much liked her way. For Sara’s supporters, it allowed us to get an update, feel relief but not have to knock down her door to do it. So when I searched for the blog and the latest update, cyberspace gave me nothing. I contacted her to ask about the blog. And that’s when I learned she had taken it down. The ordeal was over and she told me that taking the blog down was a sign of her victory. I love it. She did it again — a simple, intuitive solution. When the fire is over, just put it out.

Putting Fire Out


  1. Anne thanks for the kind words…I was so fortunate to have very supportive family and friends by my side…this allowed me to stay positive and know that I had someone to lean on when things got tough. I am also very fortunate that breast cancer is very curable when caught early and there continues to be many advances thanks to dedicated medical professionals and generous donors. For all you busy women out there that might be a little behind on your annual mammograms…PLEASE GO IMMEDIATELY. My doctors were very clear that if I had waited another 6 months they would have been battling to save my life vs. anticipating a cure. This whole “bump in the road” has taught me some valuable lessons..the greatest one is to appreciate your family and friends everyday.

    Here’s to a cure in the future!


  2. Thank goodness it turned out well. the blog was a great idea because the last thing you want to do is ask for a “status” yet you want to make sure they know you care about what’s happening.

    Reading Caroline Myss’ “defy gravity” quite good..


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