Be Strong

February 1, 2013 by Julie Moon

I have recently made a commitment to myself to get strong in 2013.  2012 was a year for mental strength…strength of heart and soul…but my body is weak.  I am whole, put back together but I have been sedentary and I can definitely tell.  I have started working with a personal trainer and plan to change the composition of this body in 2013.  I want to work on my posture as well as all the squishy parts of me. I’m excited about the changes I am making but I do realize it’s going to be much harder than any surgery I have had.  It’s a lifestyle change and it takes time and discipline.  I had my daughter take some before shots for me to remind me what I’m working towards and to document the changes that I am able to see in my body.  Here’s to a redefined body!

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After slipping on my swimsuit I realized something very disappointing.  My hip incisions are very visible in this swimsuit. And it’s not a skimpy suit at all.  My heart really sank. I don’t know why I was surprised.  I can see the scars above the waistline on my jeans some days.  *deep breaths*  This is all worth it.  They are merely scars of what a brave woman you are.  They are not scary or ugly.  You are going to be swimming at the pool wtih your children and not suffering from breast cancer.  I’m gonna need a couple mantras to keep me going this summer.  It’s like you think it’s behind you and you’re past all the hard stuff and then *WHAM*….something else hits you in the face like this.


  1. Mary Creger says:

    You sure look beautiful to me. Keep some of those mantras in mind as you watch those beautiful scars fade. They do fade. I promise you. In the meantime, you don’t have to worry about leaving your girls because of breast concer. You should be very proud of the very courageous decision you made…very proud. Just think, your grandchildren will be able to go swimming with their granny! 🙂

  2. Mary Creger says:

    By the way, that mispelled word should be cancer.

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