Ilse Anderson was on the cusp of her new life, traveling the world, growing as an artist, and exploring new avenues of spirituality. She was soaring into a bright, cloudless future, and then, on May 22, 2015, her doctor informed her she had stage four oral cancer.
One month later, she underwent a three-quarter glossectomy and a tracheotomy. The ten-hour surgery involved cutting out most of her tongue and fashioning a new one from the tissue of her forearm. Cancerous lymph nodes were removed via an incision in her neck. She awoke from the surgery unable to swallow, speak, or move. And that was just the beginning.
In the months that followed, Ilse was tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Throughout, she had the loving support of family and friends, an inner strength developed over years of spiritual seeking, a gifted energetic healer who prepared her for every new challenge, and a positive attitude she wielded like a secret weapon.
With these powerful tools for survival in place, Ilse battled hopelessness and despair, transmuted the unbearable into the endurable, shed light into the darkest hour, rejected the temptation for resentments and regrets, and today, savors every step of her remarkable recovery.
Ilse’s story is an inspiration to anyone who has suffered setbacks in life. She shares the treasures she earned on her sojourn to the land of suffering and loss. “My M.O. is a positive attitude,” she says. “Practice gratitude, hold your loved ones close, banish negativity. Say yes to life.”
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About the Author
Ilse Anderson was born in Caracas, Venezuela to European parents. Her father's business required the family to travel extensively where she experienced a culturally enriching childhood. Without real roots, she found life challenging at times, but quickly became highly adaptable to change. This has served her well throughout life. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a masters degree in Latin America Studies from Tulane University. She speaks four languages, loves to cook, paint, and travel. She loves champagne and intimate gatherings with family and friends. She is grateful for the love her dog Titan, a Bichon frise who was her constant companion for fourteen years, and passed away October, 2016, after pushing her through Cancer. Celebrations are always on her to-do list. She is the mother of three adult children: twin daughters and one son. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This gripping story of a woman's path through hell and back will keep your own suffering in check in a miraculous way. Her story includes a shared moments of peace through meditation and a sense of calm that is shattered "like a freight train" when she thought she had a good grip on her diagnosis and path to healing. How many of us live with the words, "I got this." "I can do this." only to have the next moment knock the breath right out of us for hours or days? Ilse Anderson's story will make you think and rethink your own suffering and infuse you with a determination and compassionate approach to your own psyche and acceptance to restart each day. GREAT read. Pick it up and give one to yourself and another to someone you love dearly - it will change you both.