Real Estate Agent with Chevaux Group, PLLC


Those of you who have followed me for the past two years most likely know my story.  Well, you really only know part of that story as I have never written about the rest of the story as the saying goes.  I share it with you today.

The day was very much like many of my other days, filled with real estate appointments, working on my business, networking, family and a little personal time.  I didn't have time to get sick.  The lung tumor however that was lurking deep inside however, was ready to rear its ugly head.

When you get that news, the world sort of goes fuzzy as does your brain and you literally go into auto pilot mode.  Everything seemed to be a blur as I went from doctor to doctor at MD Anderson.  Dozens of tests, scans, needles, consultations and then finally the surgery.

Despite all that was going on with me medically, my real estate business was going along very well.  My laptop and phone went with me everywhere and I returned phone calls and emails in between appointments and tests.  My clients were wonderful, patient and very kind throughout the ordeal.

The night before the surgery I was in my hospital bed inputting a listing.  Now that is the epitome of positive thinking right?  When I look back at this I have to laugh as the doctors were not too keen on my chances of survival.  Truly however, it was the fact that I was doing something that pointed toward the future that gave me somewhat of a peace of mind.

Obviously I made it through the surgery and beyond!  It was a tough road going through the recovery as being sliced open from front to back is quite painful.  Although the recovery was arduous, it gave me a lot of time to think, pray and reflect.  And of course I was blogging away which kept my connection with my Active Rain friends who were and are very supportive!

One of the vows that I had made to myself if I made it through all of this was to finally begin my own Brokerage.  After years of not really finding my place with a real estate team or with a commercial broker, it was time to do it on my own.  I have always sort of been that hybrid agent doing both commercial and residential real estate and no one really knew what to do with me.

As soon as I was able to sit up long enough in bed, I began writing my business plan, deciding on a name for my company and getting everything ready to launch it.  I continued to take care of the transactions that I had going and received very little support or help from the commercial firm that I was currently with.  All the more fuel for convincing me that this was the right time to make a move.

Also, one other little blip that was going on was a divorce.  It seemed as if all areas of my life were getting something cut out of it not just my physical body.  Again, my survival instinct kicked in and pushed me forward.  Failure at this point in the game was simply NOT an option.

Fast forward to company is thriving.  I have now three amazing agents (one of whom I will announce very soon who came to me via Active Rain),  and a fantastic assistant.  The commercial real estate is going like gangbusters and the residential side is very strong.  I am working on the largest commercial deal of my life which is in title and set to close in November.  Blessings abound.

So truly what didn't kill me has indeed strengthened me in so many ways.  Through adversity I was forced to put things into to motion that I was putting off.  I encourage you to look at what it is that you really want to do and as they say JUST DO IT!  Time is precious and none of us knows what is around the next corner.

No matter what, never give up and stay positive!  Go for those dreams and make them happen.  Now is YOUR time!  Thank you for allowing me to share the rest of my story!

This post is an entry in the Active Rain Challenge: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger.


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     Chevaux Group    

"Have you fully lived today?"

   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®

       Broker ~ The Woodlands, Texas 

 936-203-0279 Direct

Selling The Woodlands real estate and surrounding areas!



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Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors


What a road you have traveled....You are a survivor in so many ways........divorce, job change, cancer. You are an inspiration..thank you for sharing your story!

October 14, 2012 06:55 PM
Sonja Patterson
RE/MAX Realty Center

Paula, so glad to hear your new brokerage is THRIVING right along with YOU! What an inspirational story!  :) 

October 14, 2012 07:03 PM
Lisa Michael
Keller Williams Preffered

Thanks for sharing such personal struggles and gains! Very Inspiring...

October 15, 2012 02:40 PM
Dimitri Matsis-REALTOR® (818) 599-6083
Troop Real Estate Inc. Westlake Village CA

Hi Paula,

What a story!!! My goodness, lung cancer, surgery AND divorce to boot. You are a champion and very deserving of all the great successes that have come and I’m sure will keep coming your way. I wish you great health and continued success.

October 16, 2012 03:18 AM
Karen Crowson
Livermore Wine Country Homes
Alain Pinel Realtors, Pleasanton, CA
Looking at that last photo of you. One would never have guessed how much you have been through. Amazing!
October 23, 2012 06:23 AM

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