Take a Breath

2012 was a year of challenge for me and I have the scars to prove it.

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on February 3, 2012. The decision of a Bilateral Mastectomy was the only option.
There was no looking back from that day. There was no self-pity, no regrets. It was forge ahead to the end. The end came three surgeries later with reconstruction on November 9, 2012.

Now that I have emerged from this journey, I have been pondering on what gives me that feeling of simple joy. Many people have the memories as a child of cookies and milk, Christmas morning, etc. Mine is the smell of the horse barn in the winter! Walking in there on a cold day and breathing in the warmth of hay and horses. The nicker of the welcome! The comfort of burrowing your face in a horse’s neck for a breath!

Reconnecting and learning the world of horses is one of the promises I gave myself. That is how I found your ranch. I don’t need the snow, I live in Minnesota. I need your personal promise of the breath I can take!

Warm regards,

Cindy Botten

Name: Cindy Botten
City: Superior
State: WI