Maybe Cancer Has Made Me Richer

Tamera Anderson-Hanna
Tamera Anderson-Hanna

Tamera Anderson-Hanna is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and became a Registered Yoga Teacher while coping with breast cancer in 2015. She owns Wellness, Therapy, & Yoga in Florida where she provides personal wellness services and coaching and she is a public speaker on wellness-related topics. You can connect with her at

Since my diagnosis I have gone out of my way to enjoy life in any way possible.

Maybe cancer has made me richer.

Since my diagnosis I have gone out of my way to enjoy life in any way possible. The healing process wasn't pleasant, but it is what I have done on the other side of cancer that has made a difference.

There has been no holding back and you could say I have improved awareness of living out an active bucket list. Traveling; trying new foods or restaurants; learning new recipes; enjoying art classes; embracing friendships; exercising; writing professionally; speaking and teaching at conferences; and creating important family memories have been some of the things I am richer in.

This summer I will have spent time in five states having enjoyed foods, entertainment and such activities as kayaking and canoeing.

I have enjoyed long walks in beautiful flower filled environments, taken in fresh air and have spent quality time visiting with family while enjoying simple days where I often didn't even wear a watch.

Time was measured by the joys of seeing the sunrise and watching peaceful, colorful sunsets. Fireworks were enhanced by the tastes of local coffee with such nostalgic names as “Mackinac Island Fudge” or enjoying the tastes of such delights as “Traverse City Cherry Ice Cream.”

Art was purchased in some of the cities visited to hang on the walls and pictures were taken both mentally and for prosperity.

I have ensured my children have spent time with family, and — with the news of two new family members having been diagnosed with cancer this year – creating memories and enjoying life has been a reminder of the richness of enjoying a day you can't ever live again.