2 Years Ago Today, I Lived!

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Today is the 2-year anniversary of the surgery to remove stage 4 cancer from my body (notice I didn’t say “my cancer surgery”).

The surgery did not go as planned, there were many complications, and they nearly lost me on the operating table.

However, it actually went perfectly!

My very painful, long recovery period was part of the perfect plan for my life to make me who I am and to give me more messages of love and hope to share with the world.

So often we focus on what went wrong, what we lost, what will never be the same again. I knew this focus would not serve me well, and this focus does not serve you well.

I chose to focus on gratitude, love, and living. I chose to focus on purpose and I got very clear about what I want. I focused on the future and what I want to achieve. This focus not only helped me survive, but it helped me thrive and overcome odds many did not think I could overcome.

So, yes, 2 years ago today, I nearly died. That is a story I could tell.

But the real truth, the real story is 2 years ago today, I lived and I continue to live each movement in gratitude and love.

Oh, and they told me I may never run again. Almost 1 year ago, I ran the Boston Marathon!

You are only limited by the story you tell yourself about what is possible!


I talk about this in more detail on my Life Is A Marathon podcast

10 Responses to 2 Years Ago Today, I Lived!

  1. Lizzie April 7, 2016 at 1:37 PM #

    You’re an inspiration Bruce. Happy 2nd living anniversary. X

    • Jane Macedo de Veer May 3, 2016 at 1:39 PM #

      Hi Bruce,

      Your podcasts have been very meaningful to me. I had a 25 year cancer tumor on my scalp. After many failed surgeries over the years, I had a reoccurrence in August 2014. I ended up in UCLA which saved my life. The surgeons were successful! I am so grateful to the medical community and my loving family.

      It was a painful journey and difficult to process. I am now coming to accept it. Your stories give me strength to put it behind me. Thank you for sharing your journeys and insights along with many inspirational guests who grace your work. I am grateful to have found your podcast. I ran a marathon many years ago and connected immediately!

      I have committed to How to Create Your Dream Life for the next 8 weeks. Perfect timing! šŸ™‚

      With appreciation and blessings all around.


  2. Edward Wolfe April 7, 2016 at 6:08 PM #

    Great viewpoint, Bruce!

  3. Art April 7, 2016 at 8:10 PM #

    Hi Bruce! Thank you so much for sharing part of your personal story…and also your wisdom. What a powerful reminder–to direct our focus positively–you have given us! You are an inspiration!

    Kind regards,


  4. James Hartnett April 12, 2016 at 10:26 PM #

    Thank You for sharing – similar circumstance, powerful – remain positive – thank you Bruce !

  5. V April 14, 2016 at 10:01 PM #

    Your confidence makes you perfect. I read your most of the articles and tweets. Your view towards life is simply wonderfull. I appreciate we follow each other on twitter too. Cheers

  6. Brando April 19, 2016 at 2:35 AM #

    Thank you for sharing and being so focused on that possitive side. We have to train on that side, so that we can really see how blessed we are… Happy anniversary Bruce.

  7. Miguel Angel Eslava April 19, 2016 at 7:10 PM #

    Hi Bruce, Iā€™m 63 years old, his story inspires me to keep going, rethink life and focus on the things that add value to life. In November 2015 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and in February 2016 I had surgery radical prostatectomy. These events allow us to reflect on the things that really matter in life, especially the family. The recovery has been very good and I hope that all will end well, and I can get back to running. Like you, I am amateur racer, I have run several marathons (42K) and 21K and my dream is to someday run the London marathon. Thank you for your inspiring message. I wish you the best in the world in your personal and professional life.
    God bless you.

  8. Gladys May 2, 2016 at 8:47 PM #

    Hello Bruce

    As i read your story, I felt that you were preserved for the purpose that you are now living. Your message is such an inspiration to anyone that reads your blog.

    Thank you for opening up your heart to us.

  9. Katie Bulmer March 9, 2017 at 9:05 PM #

    I am sharing this with my friends. Thank you for all your inspiration friend!

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