In a recent article by Lisa Merkle, cancer survivor and co-founder of Box Greens, she shares her gratitude to a cancer journey that helped her grow into the childless mother she is today.
At age 41 she found herself undergoing cancer treatment that would cause her uterus to be unable to carry a child.
“I was set free from an uncertainty about my future and found my own self-direction. Instead of thinking that cancer cut my window short for having kids, I found myself dreaming of a future where anything is possible,” Merkle shares in an article she wrote for Mind Body Green.
Today, Merkle is cancer-free and confident in her identity as a childless mother. As a co-founder of a farm that will supply food, jobs and education, she is a role model in her community. At home she is the fun-loving auntie who believes everyone has skills and resources to help children.
“Giving birth to a child isn't the only way to be a mother...We can nurture and provide them with the resources to achieve their dreams and goals,” Merkle wrote.
As a former childless mother myself, I want to thank Merkle for her story. Before kids, you could find me in the children’s section of the library and volunteering at children’s events any chance I had. I hope this story inspires women of all ages to embrace their nurturing side for the benefit of the children in their lives. We all have the power to make a positive impact.
More on this inspiring story here.
Sandee Gruner is a full-time working mom with a love for writing and communications. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two children, where she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring local attractions and volunteering.