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How It All Started

I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) in April 2010 and subsequently completed 8 months of ABVD chemotherapy to fight my disease.  During my various treatments, tests, and recovery periods I would often close my eyes and project myself to a specific place from my life that I loved until the treatment ended or the nausea went away. 

The underlying positive emotions I felt were what helped me through some of my longest tests and toughest recovery periods.

During a relaxing drive to my aunt and uncles’ lake house in the Kettle Moraine region of Wisconsin, my wife and I were discussing our love for the particular latitude that cut through Wisconsin, Northern Michigan, and Northern New York where she grew up.

After the next week’s chemo session I had my “ah ha” moment on the couch in my family room where I connected my thoughts and found the word to describe the place I was escaping to mentally during scans:

My Latitude.

For the final half of my 8 month long chemotherapy adventure, my mind was kept occupied with the simple goal of building a platform for everyone to discover and communicate their Latitude to others.

Through living the emotions associated with our Latitude we can lift our lives above the stresses that inhibit our growth as individuals and as a society.

So, What's Your Latitude?