Discover how to find peace as a cancer survivor!
Discover How To Find Peace After Cancer!
Hi, Im Todd. And My Passion Is Helping You Find Peace After Cancer.
On November 10 2009, my life took a dramatic turn. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Over the course of a year, I underwent 15 rounds of chemotherapy and 1 autologous stem cell transplant.
This unraveled everything I knew about life and rattled what I eventually learned to be a poor foundation on which I based my life.
Let me explain...
I don’t blame anyone but myself. All the tools and guidance were right in front of me. I was young and naïve and wasn’t focused on becoming a better, future version of myself.
I was fortunate though, growing up in a small mining town in the middle of Colorado. Breckenridge. My family is awesome. My father was an excavating contractor, mom worked in the court system and my brother followed his passion to become a professional skateboarder. I had a great support system.
In the early 60’s, the town became a Ski Mecca known for its “White Gold” and over the years, has transformed into one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States.
Snowboarding was the fastest growing sport during the 90’s and Breckenridge was the epicenter. I was Immersed in the sport at an early age thanks to my brother. There were endorsements and world travel. Travel budgets and competitive touring. Even participated in he 98’ Olympic trials. It was an exciting life and an unforgettable adventure.
But all good things come to an end! And that’s what I wasn’t prepared for.
Over the next decade, I worked in a couple different industries. Film and video production, logging and excavation contracting with my dad. I was even married and divorced. I learned I didn’t have any real skill sets during this identity crises.
You could say I was floating through time and space with no direction. No passion, no purpose. I was living in a mild depression and just existing. Drinking too much and feeling pretty low of myself.
Then on November 10th of 2009 I was diagnosed with Cancer!
“Oh shit, I have cancer”! At that moment I felt absolute fear and relief at the same time. At first I thought that was going to die, but also knew that what was wrong with me.
The experience was one of high and lows, joy and pain, laughter and depression. I was staring at my mortality dead in the face. Scared out of my mind. That’s when I made the choice!
My family was always supportive with all decisions I made. My naiveness only allowed me to see only what’s right in front of me. I had no foresight of the future (as most young adults do) or vision of what I wanted to do after snowboarding.
I didn’t know how to deal with the rejection from people that I felt were mentors. And I didn’t know much about personal branding to continue doing what I loved.
I began to loath the sport I loved and varied this anger for over a decade. I was in a dark place.
Until that fateful morning in November.
As a cancer survivor, it’s my mission to help as many cancer survivors to find peace and balance in there lives. Their stories are all different, but all relative.
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I admire Todd Franzen's courage to share his life story in an honest, respectful, and at times, humorous way. His long journey led him to a path of forgiveness and acceptance. He concludes with a self-made master plan focused on positive actions that will undoubtedly allow him to achieve his growing goals.