Ladies in Nelson found their Divine last night at the third annual Find your Divine, held at the Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre.
Dozens of businesses displayed their products and services while women mingled together and emcee Lucas Myers addressed the crowd with his quirky sense of humour.
The evening highlight was a rousing talk by CTV news anchor Tamara Taggart. She shared intimate details about two conversations that altered her life, teaching her to advocate for her children and then herself. And how the power of perception and attitude can affect people. Learning how to be advocate for her first child, who was born with down syndrome, ironically prepared Taggart to be her own advocate when she was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, which is a rare cancer also known as GIST.
“I learned that I can fire my doctor,” said Taggart, adding she’s had some wonder doctors and others, not so much.
It has been three years since her diagnosis and two months since she finished the last of her cancer treatment drugs.
“I’m the person who’s watched every three months,” she said, referring to medical testing for cancer recurrence.
“We have more in common than we think,” she said.
In spite of serious career pressures, it’s clear what her priorities are.
“My family is the number one thing in my life,” said Taggert. “I always knew that, but I really know it now.”