You are exactly where you are supposed to be

This entry was written by Jeanne Egan who is looking forward to serving as co-chair for LBBC’s annual gala in November:

As 2010 closes and we begin a new year, I am reminded of something my yoga instructor often says, “you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this very moment.”  This year I feel this is particularly true. Prior to my diagnosis with breast cancer three years ago, I was content with being a busy mother of two young children. I occasionally toyed with the prospect of returning to the business world as a marketing professional.  In my former life, I managed marketing events for a major corporation.  It was exciting work that I always thought I would step back into once my children were in school full time.  But along with my breast cancer diagnosis came a change in my perspective.


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Jeanne enjoys quality time with her family over the holidays.


“If I am going to work, it needs to mean something,” I told my husband at the beginning of last year.  I had been blogging independently about my breast cancer experience over the prior year but wanted to do more.  At yoga one day, a friend of mine mentioned blogging for LBBC. 

“Sure that sounds great.  It seems like a great way to get more involved.”  I happily replied when LBBC called to see if I was interested.  My guest blog was posted and I felt grateful for the opportunity to reach out to other women affected by breast cancer.  But I had a nagging feeling that I wanted to do more.    So I put a team together for the Yoga on the Steps event.  Doing yoga that cold morning last May on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum struck a chord with me and suddenly I felt a strong connection to LBBC.  Again, I felt compelled to do more.   I e-mailed LBBC’s CEO and Special Events Manager to see what else I could do for the organization.

“How about Co-Chairing our 20th Anniversary Gala?” They quickly asked.

“Uh…..well, I am not sure that I am ready to take on that role but I certainly will think about it.”  I replied, startled.

Well, I have to say, that wasn’t the job that I had anticipated they would ask me to do.  I thought that maybe they would need someone to do a little bit of volunteer work at the office or help with special events.  I was thinking baby steps and they were thinking giant steps.  Were we on the same page?  Before I committed, I wanted to think about it long and hard.  I went home and that night muddled it over with my husband and a couple of friends.

I looked at the pros and cons of taking on such an active role in the event.  In the end, all I could see were the pros.  It is an honor to be asked to co-chair such an important event for LBBC and it will give me the opportunity to be more involved and give back.  The other exciting thing is the change in venue for this year’s gala.  The gala is going to be in a wonderful space in East Falls, which is open and airy with a vibrant feeling.  Upon viewing the space, all I could say was “WOW.”  It is spectacular.

As we move into the planning phase for the event I realize that there is going to be a great deal of work ahead.  Instead of finding this daunting, I am energized by it.  There is nothing more exciting than creating something new and entirely different – and all for a good cause.

As I reflect on the events that have brought me to the exact place where I am right now, I feel invigorated at the prospect of 2011.  I am exactly where I am supposed to be. 

Are you where you are supposed to be? How has your breast cancer diagnosis been instrumental in helping you to pay it forward in the breast cancer community? We want to hear from you! Comment here or on our Facebook page. 

9 thoughts on “You are exactly where you are supposed to be

  1. Jeanne

    Bravo for you! I am a firm beleiver that we are where we are supposed to be as well. Co-chairing the 20th Anniversary Gala is the best of both worlds for you. You can apply what you do best with what you are so passionate about. There is no doubt in mind that the event like all other LBBC events will be a smashing success. I for one am looking forward to it.

    Best wishes, be well
    Lisa Marsella

    • Lisa,
      I am glad you enjoyed the post. I know that the event is going to be wonderful and I am just so happy I will be able to be a part of it.

  2. Jeanne,

    Congratulations! You are exactly where you are supposed to be!
    What a fantastic way to give back, I can’t think of a better organization.

    Happy Anniversary to LBBC.
    Patricia Brett

  3. Well…I can truthfully say…I’m on my way to where I should be.Not there yet-but,I can feel I’m HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!I don’t know how I can go back to life as it used to be-“ordinary”after an experience such as this. In my prior life,I was a Nurse.It was satisfying,but I ALWAYS felt I should be doing more.Making a “footprint”in the world. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at last October’s Breast Cancer Rally,for The Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force to increase funding for the Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program. It felt “AMAZING”! I’ve had the opportunity to mentor some women who were having “difficulty”accepting their new diagnosis.And,I know…this is my true mission-to help “lift”the emotional burden of women facing this life-changing disease.I’m just being still…trying to listen to that voice inside me-to help direct my path!So, Jeanne,I’m following your lead!Taking “small”steps towards making a “huge”impact!

  4. Tonya,
    I think we are all reinventing ourselves after cancer and even if you are not exactly where you are supposed to be yet, it sounds to me like you are pretty close. There is nothing more gratifying than giving back to a cause you believe in. We could probably move mountains if we could harness that energy. Keep moving forward and you will be where you need to be soon. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  7. I’m a 4 year BC survivor and part of the Dragonheart VT dragonboating team. Under the leadership of Linda Dyer we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local cancer-related services through our annual Lake Champlain Dragonboat Festival ( We are now starting a Survivorship NOW! initiative to help survivors move into recovery beyond teatment , (and I do mean MOVE), by increasing opportunities for exercise with personalized support. I’m a quiet organic farmer and then I find myself in the midst of this whirlwind of positive, generous female energy. Certainly unforeseen, but exactly where I should be and am lucky to be!

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