My Imagine the Possible Stories
Generation W speaker Mary Ann Wasil, Founder, President and CEO of the non-profit Get In Touch Foundation, spent a few moments with us sharing her Imagine the Possible story. “I have found that when most people, including myself, experience a deep and profound challenge- whether it is illness, grief, death, divorce or loss – they become a bigger version of who they already are,” writes Mary Ann. “And so I ask you this; who are you? Who do you want to be?”
My Imagine the Possible: Mary Ann Wasil
Five years ago all three of my children were in high school and I was preparing to send my oldest off to college. I was also preparing for the September 2009 formal launch of The Get In Touch Foundation’s Girls’ Program & Daisy Wheel. I was celebrating 5 years breast cancer free and celebrating each day with purpose and a strong mission to provide a free breast health educational initiative to girls all over the globe!
What are you doing now?
Well, if you must ask…I am the happy mother of one college graduate, and another who will be graduating in just a few short days. My youngest is finishing his second year of college, and it is both rewarding and exciting to celebrate these milestones with them.
I love, love, love my job, a vocation, really, that motivates me to do all I can to be sure girls have all the information they need to be smart, strong, empowered and healthy women. The Get In Touch Girls’ Program & Daisy Wheels save lives – that is certainly enough to get me out of bed with a smile on my face every single day!
I also continue to navigate the health challenges I encountered when I had a stage four recurrence of my breast cancer three years ago. I will be in treatment for the rest of my life.
I do a lot of public speaking and often end with the following question: “If you were told you had five minutes to live, would you waste even one minute of that being unhappy?” Not me! I “choose joy” every day.
Here’s the deal…I know my life will not be as long as I’d like it to be, and yet, I am the happiest person I know. Can you say the same for yourself?
I mean it. Can you?
What do you want to be doing next?
I’m so happy to be turning 50 years old on May 7th and find it utterly maddening when people bemoan their age. Growing old, BEING old, is a privilege, a glorious gift not granted to all. I am grateful for age and all that life has in store for me.
I want to make sure that girls all over the world continue to receive Daisy Wheels, and right now we are on track to reach one million girls in 2015! We know that as long as women continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer, our work is far from over. It would be a dream come true to learn of a sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer or a magic bullet to cure this dreadful disease, but as Dr. Kristi Funk, The Get In Touch Foundation’s 2014 Los Angeles Woman of Strength says, “early detection is our best defense against breast cancer.”
And so our work continues.
We’re very excited about a special mother-daughter event we have planned for 2015 that Generation W founder Donna Orender will be instrumental in creating! It’s all very “hush-hush” right now, but I promise you’ll be the first to know when we’re ready to roll!
What have you learned about imagining your own possible?
Ahhh…that is a super-fabuloso question that more folks should ask themselves.
Here’s what I learned about imagining my own possible:
I have found that when most people, including myself, experience a deep and profound challenge- whether it is illness, grief, death, divorce or loss – they become a bigger version of who they already are.
And so I ask you this; who are you? Who do you want to be?
You’ll experience your “dark night of the soul,” everyone does. Who will you be when that dark night arrives?
Are you a joyful person or an angry person?
Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty?
Are you a judgmental person or a forgiving person?
Are you a generous person or a selfish person?
Do you shake your fist at the universe or do you fall to your knees with gratitude for all you have been blessed with?
Who you are is who you will be.
And it is possible to be exactly who you want to be.
So, I ask you again…who are you?