"My Cancer Diagnosis is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"Posted May 8, 2008, 3:48 pm in Cancer
Credit Growing Bolder
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"My Cancer Diagnosis is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"
Central Florida News Anchor Walks Away From Glamorous Job
Orlando, Fla. (May 8, 2008) For 20 years, Wendy Chioji was one of the most popular and respected news anchors in one of the nation's largest media markets. She was single, attractive, well paid and talented. She covered the big stories and landed the big interviews. Everything was perfect in her glamorous life until a breast cancer diagnosis seven years ago.
That began a very public battle and a journey of self-discovery from which she couldn't turn back. There were things she needed to do. "All of a sudden it's like, maybe you have next year and maybe you don't. So you've just got to go for it right now," she says. "I'm going to live big and bold, taking chances and calculated risks. If you get this second chance you can go out and make a bigger difference than you could before because there is no fear of failure now."
At the age of 46, Chioji is leaving behind a cushy and glamorous career and moving across the country to become a partner in a competitive cycling performance center. She'll not only compete but also help other survivors set their sights on the finish line. She says, "For me, crossing the finish line is very symbolic. Every time I cross it, I'm a little bit further away from being sick and it's one more thing that somebody who might be sick right now can look at and say, "In a few months, I can do the same thing.'"
GrowingBolder.com has documented Chioji's major life transition in a new video. "I am totally growing bolder, she says. "Cancer teaches us that everything we do has to make a difference. Everything we do has to matter. It's strange, but the cancer diagnosis was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. It has opened unbelievable doors on many levels."