Excerpt from “What a Blip” - by guest blogger Alicia Garey

 aliciagarey2.jpg Guest blogger Alicia Garey is an interior designer, blog contributor for the Huffington Post and author of What a Blip: A Breast Cancer Journal of Survival and Finding Wisdom.  Alicia previously worked in the television literary department at a prominent Los Angeles talent agency and in television. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. During her journey to wellness she began writing about her experience and insights. What a Blip is expected to be released in December 2014. Enjoy an excerpt from her book. The Jungle   The cancer jungle keeps you hidden for a while covered in debris, tall trees blocking the sunshine But you keep walking keep on the path and soon you discover you have been looking ahead at flowers blooming   Along the way you huddled at night afraid of unfamiliar sights and sounds depleted, and you begged the earth and sky to get you through the brush, the thorns, and the thunder   The sky cried with you in loud claps of rain and you kept on going You pushed through mud and rocks and steep hills You climbed up, over and through to safety You found nourishment in hidden valleys,you endured it all. You kept on going each day And the next   Finally, the sky is getting clearer with each step You are not covered in darkness You can see the jungle behind you You feel the scrapes from the mangled branches But now, you have found a new path   You have been the warrior of the jungle You have climbed the mighty hillside You have found your way   Drink from the stream ahead; the cool, clear water of strength Bask in the life you have claimed It was hard work climbing out of the jungle, but you have.   Feel the breeze up ahead Smell the fragrance of life you hold in your hands the flowers you have picked You have done it   You did become the warrior and you stand proud living with grace, despite the obstacles You have done it /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

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