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This was my own personal turning point..
Not long after my first scan came back clear of cancer, I climbed alone up this mountainside in Co. Kerry. It was tough going as I was still weakened from weeks in a hospital bed and full of chemo and radiation, but I was determined to get up as far as I could..
When I reached this point and looked out over this beautiful valley I was bombarded by many different emotions..
I have never felt so alive, I cried, I laughed, I jumped up and down shouting and cheering ( thank God there was noone to see).
I felt an overwhelming sense of pride, I had battled cancer and come out the other side and here I was "on top of the world"
I felt strong like I could now do and achieve anything. Felt like I could just step of the edge and soar out over the valley, thankfully I resisted that urge lol..
As I headed back down I knew that my whole life had changed, nothing would ever be the same, I was going to LIVE every moment of every day..
Now more than a year later everything is still looking good, I have two more years of tests and scans before I get a final all clear, my outlook on life has changed dramatically and I will never forget my day on the mountain..

47 responses

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (5 May 2010):

    What an incredible journey...... you have me crying along with you and now celebrating right beside you!!! You, my dear Eithne, are an INSPIRATION!!! This photo AND your story will touch SO many hearts!!! Thank you for sharing....

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (5 May 2010):

    Thank you so much Maurie :o)

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (5 May 2010):

    A wonderful contribution to the theme, and an inspiring message. God be with you, Eithne. You are an inspiration.

  • markus zundel

    markus zundel gave props (5 May 2010):

    i bow my head...

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (5 May 2010):

    A view from high up, which is a turning point indeed. Transformative.

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (5 May 2010):

    Eithne, this is beautiful - on many levels. Thanks.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (5 May 2010):

    That is a huge turning point !! What a journey you've had. Isn't it awesome to be on the other side of the big C word ? Thank you for sharing your story with us, and congradulations!!! Now we have to get you on the other side of 5 years!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 May 2010):

    My dear Eithne, you have me in tears too, you told your story so beautifully and the photo helps illustrate how you feel. Believe me when I say thank God we still have wonderful you my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (5 May 2010):

    God is good , all the time!! Wonderful story!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (5 May 2010):

    Eithne!!! im speechless..

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (5 May 2010):

    i'm so touched by your photo and your victory!! ( just lost my step sister to cancer)

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (5 May 2010):

    Beautiful shot and story, Eithne!

  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (5 May 2010):

    Lovely story, eithne you know i know how you feel, Billy

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (6 May 2010):

    God Bless you dearest have my love, and my sincere admiration.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (6 May 2010):

    That is a true life changing "turning point". It makes my entry to that theme seem wimpy now! Your story brought tears to my eyes. Cancer has touch many of my loved ones and I have lost so many of them to cancer. I lost my mom to cancer and it broke my heart for her die as young as she was.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (6 May 2010):

    A wonderful photo to go with your inspiring story of triumph and elation! When reading what you wrote, I felt like I was there with you as you went through those emotions! May God's light shine upon and protect you.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    Incredible entry, Eithne. Thank you for sharing your story..... inspirational.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    Congratulations on beating that awful illness. I celebrate and rejoice with you, and pray that your life will be free of it. Thanks for sharing this personal story with us! It truly is so inspirational. This is a beautiful capture of that valley from the top of the mountain. I love that a piece of the mountain shows clear and bright in contrast to the slightly out of focus view of the valley. Very symbolic and artistic!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    You have moved me to tears!!! I am so happy for you and pray that you get the all clear. This is an incredible entry!

  • Martin E. Morris

    Martin E. Morris (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    What a beautiful view and such a heartwarming story.A truly inspiring combination.Keep well my friend!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    What a magnificent entry this is . . . in every way. [SB]

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (8 May 2010):

    As a cancer survivor myself, I totally relate to your mountain. Yea for you. I totally get it. It is life changing, and not for the worst. Life is short, so LIVE everybody, as if there was no tomorrow. Each moment is all any of us ever really have.. Make them count. Oh, and take time to relax. By the way, my husband is a surivior, too. We cheer for you!!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (8 May 2010):

    Perfect entry and great POV of course.

  • linda woods

    linda woods said (8 May 2010):

    Oh, and by the way, here is my survivor turning point:

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2010):

    What an absolutely wonderful shot and reason .. the narrative is smack on the mark on the feelings and emotions. (We husbands of cancer survivors go through very similar feelings) This photo is a perfect example of the old saying 'A picture is worth a thousand words.' The highs, the lows, the closeness of 'the edge' and the far distance of the future at the horizon. So glad you are a survivor!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (9 May 2010):

    This amazing capture looks and feels like your incredible journey, my friend. I feel your joy and pride, having felt both for my mother when she not only beat her cancer, but fully recovered from the stroke most likey triggered by chemo.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (10 May 2010):

    What an excellent take on this theme..great entry

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (10 May 2010):

    Life is beauty, life is pain, life is sun, life is rain---and through it all, we'd do it again. Peace

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (15 May 2010):

    Thanks for sharing your story of strength and courage. This image will always be a source of renewal. God bless.

  • Melissa Harding

    Melissa Harding gave props (15 May 2010):

    A wonderful shot and an amazing story. You are a Strong, Positive, Beautiful person and that is what beat the cancer rather than being the result of beating it. All my love and best wishes to you as you LIVE every moment of every day. xxxx

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (19 May 2010):

    That is a crazy turning point mate... good for the theme.!!

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (19 May 2010):

    I liked the photo so I clicked to get a better look...the story was worth it! Well done!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (20 May 2010):

    Wish I could have been there to see you jumping up and down like a mad eejit!!! :)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (20 May 2010):

    Beating cancer is a wonderful victory...You did climb a high mountain side literally and figuratively speaking to get where you are...I love your narrative and the image you posted...Congratulations on all accounts.

  • David Johnson

    David Johnson gave props (23 May 2010):

    XLNT capture and theme placement. Congratulations and continued good health.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (23 May 2010):

    Great picture -- and I'm glad you've been successful at that other battle you describe, too!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (23 May 2010):

    a great photo and narrative! I'm glad for these theme and joyful on how each and everyone of of us has a happy turning point.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 May 2010):

    POVdacious to the Max.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (24 May 2010):

    Eithne...thank you for sharing such a personal experience with us. It's perfect for the them:)

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (24 May 2010):

    thank you for sharing this powerful personal experience...

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (25 May 2010):

    Beautiful composition and tones!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2010):

    A very moving story. I'm so happy for you. It's a devastaing and terrifying disease. Very powerful and thanks for sharing it with us.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (26 May 2010):

    awesome and scary view

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart said (27 May 2010):

    thanks for sharing :-)

  • Doug Maddock

    Doug Maddock said (28 May 2010):

    Great story! Great Shot!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (31 May 2010):

    How awsome - this image and your story! I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (31 Aug 2010):

    powerful personal experience thanks for sharing :)

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