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Life Through Lipstick Lenses: Brandi

Post Published: 29 July 2011
Category: Column, Life Through Lipstick Lenses, Thyroid Cancer
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Brandi: a red sparkly lipgloss

This summer we have celebrated my daughter’s birthday and are about to celebrate my sons’ birthdays in August and September.  I love birthdays.  Birthdays celebrate another year of life and another chance to look back at your life and blessings.  Birthdays to me have become much more impactful and meaningful since having cancer.

Everyone generally looks forward to birthdays, but have you ever thought of your ‘death day?’  When my doctor told me after the first surgery that my prognosis was poor, I was forced to think about my ‘death day.’  What did I want to do, what goals in life have I not yet accomplished, who’s going to take care of my kids, but most of all, what type of person did I want to be and what legacy was I leaving?  I wrote my bucket list. I decided to live one day at a time and love the people in my life and anyone who came into my life during the process; I wanted to take more risks and essentially, give myself away, dive in full force into life.

Well, as the year passed and my prognosis got better and better, I forgot many of those things I vowed to do after getting an estimation of my ‘death day.’  I even lost my bucket list.  Why?  Why can’t I still live that way?  Why can’t we all?  Life is short and with cancer, there’s an awareness that our ‘death day’ may be sooner than later, but who truly knows when that day will come?  No one.  Live life to the fullest, take risks, love people and tell them often.

Today I wear Brandi lip gloss.  It is red, which is my signature color to live boldly, and it has a tingly feeling when you put it on your lips to wake me back up and remind me to truly live the life given to me!

written by Anna Warner

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One Response to “Life Through Lipstick Lenses: Brandi”

  1. Lolly says:

    So inspiring Anna, we all have to enjoy each day as if it where our last for who knows what awaits around the corner..so glad that your “death day” was postponed and you are here to write this so surprised too that no-one has acknowledged it either, it’s very moving.. I too have birthdays coming up 3 in the next 2 weeks a milestone in each life.


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