A Salute to Survivors

October is National Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness month. Throughout the month, celebratory events are hosted by women’s groups, sororities, civic, community and faith-based organizations, designed to educate and lift the stories of courageous women. While I am not a breast cancer or survivor or a victim of domestic violence, I have overcome challenges in my health, finances, relationships and family.

There have been days when I thought I could not take another disappointment, difficulty or disruption to my faith. Yet, with the support my faith community, husband, children, extended family and friends I know that I am capable of surviving anything.

To survive means to continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship. People who have survived in the aftermath of illnesses, disasters and tragedies share these common traits:

  • The Will to Live

  • Positive Attitudes

  • Mental Toughness

  • Internal Motivation

  • Physical Well-Being

  • Strong Networks of Family and Friends

  • Faith and Optimism

  • Spiritual Well-Being

Our lives are filled with women who have survived some of life’s most challenging circumstances. Whether breast cancer, domestic violence, heart disease, poverty, homelessness, mental, physical, or spiritual maladies, let’s celebrate all women because women are surviving every day!

Saluting You,

 Dr. Toni

Antoinette