Hello Cancer

Hello Cancer motto

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QUOTES:

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." Lou Holtz

 

"Your body hears everything your mind says." Naomi Judd

 

"We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will." Chuck Palahniuk

 

"It always seems impossible until it’s done." Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

LESSONS LEARNED:

Treat It Like a Second Job
For example, people go to work every day. Some people even work two jobs. And why is that? Because they have specific goals they want to accomplish and things that they want to enjoy. Sometimes they wake up and simply don’t feel like going to work but they do it anyway. Why? So that they can enjoy their evenings, weekends, holidays and vacations.

 

Do you think I enjoyed being stuck by needles every week, swallowing hundreds of pills, sitting in cold waiting rooms? No. But I did it because that’s what I had to do to get better. No one could do it for me. My health is my responsibility. And so with this second job, I went to treatments, took my pills and endured needles. Because at the end of the day I had the right to enjoy my evenings, weekends, holidays and vacations just like everyone else.

 

 

 

REACTIONS:

She was really young. How is she coping? Friend – D. Lombardi

 

When I first heard about the diagnosis I was taken back. Not so much the diagnosis but more the age. It’s a reality check to one’s mind in a sense that many feel that the diagnosis of cancer is an age driven disease. When someone young in your mind is diagnosed, it also marks time for you and bring to question your own mortality. The sad truth is we are young but not as young as we think. Along with that as we had talked, I felt it was nature slowing her down also. Trainer – K. Swan

 

When she finally told me, she tried to do this vague/general area gesture with her hands motioning over her stomach area with me, and that was just not going to go over with me at all! I wanted to know as much as she knew; the timeline, the how, when, what and even why. How did she figure something was wrong? When did she figure something was wrong? What was happening to her for her to figure something was just not quite right and finally why her? I asked why her because she ate healthy and lead an active lifestyle, so I just couldn’t imagine how she could possibly be diagnosed with anything even remotely unhealthy. Friend – N.S.

 

The time she tried to tell me was at National Stadium. My daughter Danielle told me after that she had something to tell me. She finally told me at my grandchildren’s sports day at Prospect Primary. My reaction was I went weak afterwards. After that I went home. I don’t even think I went work that night. One of my clients asked me what was wrong. I said I didn’t feel too sharp and I explained to them about my granddaughter having cancer. Even though they have never met, they always ask about her. Grandfather – Arthur Daniels

 

 

 

POEM:

Let Me Introduce Myself (Drop the mic)

So you decided to make an appearance,
During a routine surgery on Valentine’s Day,
I’ll give you points for originality Dear Cancer,
But that’s the only credit you’ll be receiving today.

You have introduced yourself to many of my aunts,
And you eventually tucked them away in their graves,
But did you take one look at me Dear Cancer,
And think that it was going to go exactly the same?

Did you think that I would get depressed and give up?
Or encourage you to get comfortable and stay?
Did you think I was going to obsess over you every moment?
And stop creating new memories each day?

 
 
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