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Lissa Rankin Lissa Rankin pink medicine revolutionary. community builder. mojo reconnector.

Author, artist, motivational speaker, and Pink Medicine Revolutionary Lissa Rankin, MD, founded OwningPink.com, a website and workshops that build authentic community and empower women to get their mojo back. [www.linkedin.com/in/lissarankin]

Life is about love. That’s what we’re here for. I think love is the purpose, the meaning, what we’re here to do, what we look for when we look back at our lives and all our accomplishments.

I’m proud of many things – missions, visions, professional accomplishments, dreams – but I know that at the end of my life I’ll be most grateful for and find the most meaning in the relationships I’ve had – with my family, my friends, the people who have fed my soul. I’ll be most grateful for the love.

I was raised in an incredible family. I’m one of those bizarre people who had a storybook childhood. It’s not that I haven’t had my struggles and broken hearts – by the time I was 33 I was twice-divorced – but even in really hard times, I always have an innate sense that things will land butter-side-up.

During my 12 years of medical education, I learned what many people learn when they have a difficult family. I’m nearly recovered from the stress of that extremely traumatic, abusive environment, where I was at the mercy of the physicians who were my teachers. There was a lot of sexual harassment and physical abuse, which I was not prepared for. Even so, those traumas didn’t shake my foundation. I credit my family, because I was raised to believe that no matter what happens I am held – there’s support, there’s love.

I was fueled to change my life and do the work I’m doing now during what I came to call my own perfect storm. In 2007, in the space of two weeks, I gave birth to my daughter, my dog died, my brother wound up in liver failure as a side effect from an antibiotic, and my beloved father passed away. Eight months later, when I was starting to take a breath, my husband cut off two fingers with a table saw. That year put everything into perspective and launched me onto a different path.

When my dad, a 59-year-old doctor, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told he had three months to live, I couldn’t help asking myself, What if I only had three months to live? Would I be living this life? My answer was a resounding, Hell, no!

I think trauma inspires people to choose to lead lives that are more meaningful. I’d love to think we don’t have to wait for that.

– Lissa Rankin

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