A life changing experience by a reoccurring guest on our blog. Lara Safar, shares with Travel Junkie Diary this month, on her beating cancer, traveling around the world and a message to everyone.
“I got diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2 when I was 25 years old. I was a kid, and I still am – at least that’s what I like to think hehe, but the points is, I was barely surviving my ordinary responsibilities then, so imagine having to survive cancer. Breast Cancer for Dummies? Doesn’t exist, ha! A Lonely Planet for the soul? Yes ma’am!”
“People always think that anyone who goes through a major episode in their life would metamorphose into someone different, and that priorities completely change.
Well, that’s not quite my case – I still spend the majority of my time at the office for instance! How’s that for a change? 😉
Though I’ll admit one thing that has changed – my curiosity and hunger towards discovering new things has drastically multiplied. Be it places, food, music, activities…
For starters, I put myself to skiing again after having stopped for 10 years, and guess on which slopes? Salt Lake City baby!”
“I try to explore at least 2 new destinations every year.
Discovering new territory, culture, history, people, nature, cuisines – is my main source of inspiration, and happiness as a matter of fact.
Nothing has changed while I was going through my fight against breast cancer. I was still going to work, partying, and yes, traveling!
I just had to make sure I schedule my trips during periods where I didn’t have any chemotherapy or radiotherapy sessions.”
“Besides the medical treatment and my friends & family’s support, what helped me beat cancer was my optimistic spirit. Positivity was truly my weapon.
There’s a Latin quote that goes “Mens sana in corpore sano” which means a healthy body leads to a healthy mind – well, I believe it’s the other way round!”
“I hope that no one will ever have to go through cancer, but unfortunately that is a wish that is hard to be fulfilled.
Though what can be achieved is surviving cancer, and that is largely thanks to early detection.
So what I would tell them is not to neglect their routine medical check-ups, and for all women, their mammograms.
And to those currently fighting cancer, don’t ask yourself what you’ve done to the world to deserve this, because you’ll never get your answer. So go waste this energy into something positive, as this is the key to survival.
Love & hope to all the citizens of the world.”