When I was 35, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was a nightmare. While you instantly slip into "poor me" or "why me" mode, times like these can also remind you of just how many people care about you and at a time of need, how many people will come out of the woodwork. Sadly, it sometimes takes a drastic event to realize this.
Learn from my experience, and know that those special people are out there. These are people from your friends, family, work, church or neighborhood, and they really do care about you.
I'm doing fine now. In fact, I'm better than I was back then. I was lucky enough to get a reality check: A reminder to live every day, to value relationships and to appreciate the little things.
My Advice: Kiss your spouse and kids often because you never know what will happen. Pick up the phone and call that old friend that you've lost contact with. Send your grandparents and/or your parents a "just because" card.
Don't wait for a reality check, live your life while you can!
Submitted by Anonymous
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Jensine from Boston, MA FEBRUARY 12, 2009
Your story inspired me not to give up on life. I lost my best friend to cancer, leukemia, and it's hard for me everyday to know she's gone but I stay strong for her. I try.
Paul Lawrence S. from Philippines MAY 26, 2008
I work with cancer patients. Most of the stories I hear from them, after going through their ordeal and eventually accepting their life's challenge, include the value of life, people, and the opportunity given to them to do something worthwhile and meaningful in spite of cancer. As I always tell them, "In spite of cancer...Life Can Be Better!" -Larry
Faraz A. from Karachi, Pakistan NOVEMBER 29, 2007
Jon R. from Windham, New Hampshire USA NOVEMBER 25, 2007
So true. You are lucky to have this mind frame in such difficult times. Many pass on feeling constant sorrow from there sickness. I wish I could spread your words to all who are in similar situations.
M. Gugenheim from USA NOVEMBER 9, 2007
It is VERY true that you don't know what you have until it is gone. Enjoy your life--it is a gift to enjoy, not a burden to endure.