Lessons Cancer Taught Me and How Cancer Puts Life in Perspective

Lessons Cancer Taught Me and How Cancer Puts Life in Perspective
October 1, 2014 treatmintbox

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”909″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Cancer has a way of putting life in perspective in a big way.  I met with a young women in the middle of her battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma the other day.  She was positive, upbeat, grateful and had an eerily happy demeanor considering she is fighting for her life. I told her she was so positive and she said, “Well, I’m alive.” I instantly recognized this joy from my own battle with cancer. I had an intense gratitude for living even though my body was fighting against me. It was an awe about life that I had never felt before. The best analogy I can think of is that I was experiencing life brand new- the way a child would. I probably looked ridiculous taking pictures of grass on my iphone (seriously, it was extreme)!

As time goes by I feel a desperation to hang on to those lessons cancer taught me. I don’t think cancer is a “gift”, but there are certainly lessons we learn along the way that completely change us. Now I’m better at sorting the big stuff from the small stuff, but the more time that passes since my diagnosis the harder it is to keep this perspective.

 

I recently found myself feeling stressing, reverting. It’s hard to hang on to that perspective when it gets busy and we feel the demands our families, jobs, and life in general.  I’m practicing, learning, and often failing.  But, it’s okay.  Cancer also taught me to be gentle with myself!

 

Have you had this experience? What do you do to put your perspective back on the important things in life? I would love to hear your stories.

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