Gina Best Speaker

11 Aug Being Ok With Where I Am

I have lost my words.


I am not writing. I carry my journal around and it seems to mock me. I’m not blogging. The words have just stopped coming out.


I don’t want to talk much unless it’s work-related. Work talk is hard-wired. With my friends, family, and those who know me and my circumstance, I have very little to say. Or maybe I have a lot to say and I just can’t find the words to say it all. Truthfully the story is jumbled in my head. Articulating it all feels impossible.


Here’s the deal: I have breast cancer.


I can type the words. Today it has become real and hit me hard. I found out just over a month ago, saw a surgeon and have been waiting. I had a trip planned and they told me at the clinic that surgery would be mid- to late-August. The trip was a barrier and now it’s done. At 12:30 yesterday, the phone rang; I am having surgery on August 31.


This shit just got real.


Today, when I woke up, there it was. In my face. I have breast cancer. Yes I know it’s early and that is excellent. I also know that in the end, it will be okay. Yet between here and there is a hell of a lot of shit. Shit I don’t want to do. Shit I don’t want to face. My world is full of amazing people and everyone is so positive and I am thankful for that, but hard truth is that the journey between here and there sucks. And I am allowing myself to not be okay with it. Today I am allowing myself to be sad, scared, heart broken, and grief stricken. It sucks.


I’m the kind of person who deals with things head on. This is no different. I will deal. Grief is my biggest wound; when it hits me, I go quiet. Inward. I hide. This is my coping mechanism and I know it. In the past, I have stopped talking altogether. I am not doing that this time. I am still talking, I just don’t have much to say. Because there really isn’t much to say other than these four words: I have breast cancer. The rest of the story is kind of simple: I will have surgery and then a doctor will tell me what to do next—jump for joy or prepare for more treatment.


The last month has been spent processing those four words. There is so much attached to this and I do not have the words yet to communicate how I feel. Probably because I am not sure how I feel; I am just trying to be with it and allow myself to be ok with where I am. Honestly, this is a hard one.


Today I discovered yet another layer of grief. It hit me hard. The realization that I am an expert when it comes to grief is something I have a hard time accepting yet it is the truth. I walk with grief. Loss is a huge part of life—of my life— and everyone experiences it. We grieve all sorts of losses, not just death. We grieve failures and missed opportunities too. We grieve what could have been. How you handle grief shapes you. Today, after the phone rang, with my emotions on high, I realized that I needed to step up and into my grief. I am sad. I am grieving. Grief is a part of me and I can use my experience with it and getting to the other side of it time and time again to serve others.


For now, I will continue to process and give myself the space to be. I will work on my words. And I will write when I’m ready. To everyone who has sent me messages, Thank You. I feel the love.



  • Luving on you my friend… Thank you for speaking form the heart.

    August 11, 2016 at 10:49 pm
  • Annmarie Rossiter


    Thinking of you today amazing words you wrote gina hope all goes well on Aug 31st stay strong xx

    August 11, 2016 at 11:10 pm
  • To my most unfuckwithable friend, stay with your experience. Each layer. And when it feels the rawest, understand that breast cancer has NO idea who it is dealing with. Even when you feel sad and afraid, you are still fierce.

    August 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm
  • Cancer Sucks! I’ve only just met you but I feel you have so much more to do, so much to offer others. You are a bright light and it sucks you have to go through this. I will keep you in my prayers that your surgery goes well and the phone call after will be a good one. Big hugs from Colorado Gina!

    August 12, 2016 at 3:06 am
  • Love you. Always and forever. X

    August 12, 2016 at 3:23 am
  • Pehgee Aranas


    Wow, you have breast cancer! Breast cancer, however, does not have to have you! Grieve, mourn, scream, cry…this too is part of a complete life. You are strong and vivacious and determined but in your weakness, in your sadness and in your despair you are still loved! Prayers here for you, Gina. You are the BEST!

    August 12, 2016 at 5:51 am
  • Awwww honey I wish I would have known. I would have given you a tighter hug!! Is that why you chose the pink bracelet? Do what you NEED to do!! Handle it the way you NEED too!! Just KNOW that you have friends that LOVE and SUPPORT you !! You’re NOT going anywhere !! You have too many asses to help!! Lol. YOU GOT THIS!! CANCER SUCKS BUT YOU GOT THIS!!! STAY POSITIVE !! We are Libras. We have our meltdowns and tben we come back fighting HARDER and STRONGER!! BIG TIGHT HUGS!! XOXO

    August 12, 2016 at 6:01 am
  • Ricki Kahn


    You have your words Gina. Maybe they aren’t as prolific as you’re used to, but they are what they are. What you wrote was great for those of us who care for you. Don’t be hard on yourself. You’re doing great!

    August 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  • So much love to you and many visions of your complete healing <3

    August 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

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