Saturday, February 9, 2013
More thoughts on Cancer Survivorship
Today I took my dog on a walk on the river bank looking for eagles. I always find my brain remembering that 2 years ago I was in the hospital, it was my 2nd round of biochemotherapy, something people do not understand unless they have been through it. I wonder why am I here? And then I think I am so grateful I am here! I truly need to stay positive and not take life for granted. Every extra day, extra month, and extra year I get after a stage IV diagnosis is a blessing. It is a chance for me to spread HOPE for others diagnosed with melanoma.
I loaned my book to a co-worker, because it seemed easier than explaining my experience with cancer. She returned it to me with a gift...a card and an angel. Her words were to me were, "you are so strong and you have left an impression on me." I was flabbergasted. The kindness was so much appreciated.
So, if I share with you the dangers of melanoma and skin cancers, and I share my harrowing story, it is to spread hope. It is not to annoy you or be a martyr. I simply want to spread HOPE and good vibes into the world as when you are at the end that is all there is. I know, I have been there. I came back to help others...and I will continue to do so.
Hugs to the melanoma community online, as one of my online cancer survivor friends said, Thank You all my Mela-homies! Together we will make a difference!