Life Advice from Someone Given 6 Months to Live | with Frances Boggess

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

In loving memory:

Meet My Mom, Frances.

If you were to die tomorrow, would you feel satisfied with your life? This is a question my mom has to grapple with every day.

My mom was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in May of 2016, right after I had graduated from college. It came as a shock to our close family. Before her diagnosis, she was a busy real estate power-house and power mom. She has never smoked; all of us were floored by the diagnosis. Mom was given six months to live.

Today, my mom still lives with stage four lung cancer, and we know that any time could be her time. I wanted to interview her because she is such an inspiration to me and so many others. She has always pushed me to travel and reach, she is part of my foundation that drives to me travel and explore other lifestyles and cultures in Europe.

For me, documenting her thoughts and ideas is important. But also, I know part of her life’s purpose is to leave the world a better place. My mom has always been involved with small businesses and non-profits, often working for no pay, but for a cause she believed in.

If you know my mom, you probably know her for her sparkling personality and zest for life. She goes full heart into everything she does, and she makes a mark. I have drawn up some tough questions for her, and have asked her to ponder some of the big questions that we all have to ask ourselves at some point.


Given 6 months to live,

this is what Frances Boggess would tell you.

Q: What do you think you know now about living a happy and successful life that you didn’t know when you were 20?

A: Take it easy more. My husband and I did everything the hard way. We worked our tails off and didn’t vacation enough. In real estate, I learned to “schedule your vacations first.” At the beginning of each year, take your calendar out and put in your vacations.