Trust the Process became the Sixers slogan/strategy when they tanked under former GM Sam Hinkie to stockpile draft picks. Unfortunately many of the top picks the Sixers got didn’t work out: Okafor, Fultz and of course Ben Simmons. But one big piece of the process who remains is Joel Embiid, who is playing like a MVP. Just like life, there’s risks and rewards with any strategy and while most of the picks have not worked out, one key one has and we continue to wait and see if the process can bring Philly a championship.
The Sixers process started in 2014 and has required a lot of patience. The past 2 seasons, an NBA Championship seemed possible until early playoff losses ended that possibility.
Just as things looked tough this year with the Ben Simmons saga, a last minute trade brought back hope for the Sixers. James Harden has made the Sixers look like a championship team. The process is continuing and appears to be working. Going through cancer while pregnant has been a process and I’ve had to trust my medical team and the treatment plan. It was a lot to sort out, a lot of appointments but I learned to trust the plan and process that has led to a healthy baby and hopefully has me on track for remission.
Just as we’ve had to be patient as Sixers fans, I’ve had to be patient with my cancer treatment. I’m only halfway through my chemo and have surgery after that and it’s still a bit overwhelming. I wish I was done. I’m exhausted and have to resume chemo 13 days after having my baby. I’m frustrated to have to resume the process so quickly after delivery but I know I must also trust the process and understand that we are resuming treatment quickly so we don’t lose any progress made.
For someone who is very active this process has been hard. I want to be active, back working out like I was and down all my pregnancy weight but I also am realizing I won’t be able to bounce right back from this pregnancy like I could the others. I need to rest and take it easy and that’s ok. Yet it’s still hard for me to accept.
For me trust is hard. It shouldn’t be, but I overthink things and lack confidence and become unsure of what I’m being asked to do. I should learn that trust may take time but often works if we are able to buy in. It’s much like buying into a new offense a coach is trying to run or a different racing strategy. Sometimes these changes work, sometimes they don’t. But that’s what life is about, learning how to deal with setbacks and still trust the process.
We had multiple bumps in this pregnancy journey. It started with 2 inconclusive blood tests leading to an amniocentesis. Thankfully the baby was ok and had no genetic defects. Shortly after that I found a lump and was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the final weeks of the pregnancy, there was concern about Bryce’s heart which required an echocardiogram with a pediatric cardiologist but thankfully everything was normal and ok. I had to trust those who know best, the medical team working with me that the process in place would work.
One big hurdle is down, we have our healthy baby boy and the next hurdle is reaching remission. It hasn’t been easy but I’m learning like I have done with the Sixers, to trust the process, even if it takes a long time. While I am dreading resuming chemo and the treatments and surgery that lie ahead, I have made it halfway through and there’s no reason I can’t stay strong and tough and get through this process as difficult as it may be.Even if the Sixers don’t win a championship, I hope to come out on top, having kicked this cancer’s ass.