During this challenging journey, it never occurred to me to think about the emotional impact of cancer, the “side effects” and life changes during and after the treatment. No one told me that I need to think about my psychological well-being and my future after cancer, dealing with feelings I am not used to….loneliness, guilt, anger, overwhelm… and very often these feelings are more intense, changing daily, hourly, or even minute to minute during and after the treatment.
From the perspective of time, I see cancer as my best teacher and my body as my best friend, but that wasn’t the case when I heard the diagnoses. Cancer was a clear message that I have to stop hiding my head in the sand anymore.
The wondrous thing cancer can do for you is remind you that every day is a blessing and challenge you to ponder how do I live a more grateful joyous life?
There is so much to take during the cancer experience. As much as it is painful and hard to accept all the facts you learn what real surrender and courage are. You learn resilience. You learn how to love yourself without waiting for someone else to do it for you – love you as a whole.
I believe one can survive and thrive
Often in social situations, people feel so sorry or scared for those that are diagnosed and I think it’s because the first thought can be – he or she is gonna die. And while that may be true, I believe one can survive and thrive with cancer and after in a way that is magical, beautiful, and uplifting.
It’s very interesting but only after cancer, I found out how to take care of myself, to re-connect with my body, and listen to my inner voice. I learned about cancer prevention and how to nurture body, mind, and soul. Cancer made me re-design my whole vision for the future and finally start living and loving my life.