Posted by naturelover on Aug 19, 2016 10:49 pm
Posted by Javier on Aug 22, 2016 2:37 pm
I was diagnosed with cancer on March of 2016. I say that I believe in prayer and in the love and mercy of God. Reading a book in Spanish about how to be successful in life, I met with some powerful sentences, that I created a prayer of them.
The prayer is: “God knows everything. Nothing happens if He does not allow it. If he has allowed it, He knows why. He could not let it happen. If He has allowed means He has a plan for me. He loves us and does all things for our good. He loves us and does nothing for our evil.” Really I do not know if my translation from Spanish is good. Here is in Spanish, “Dios todo lo sabe. Nada sucede sin que Él lo permita. Si lo ha permitido por algo será. Él podría no haber permitido que sucediera. Si lo ha permitido debe ser que tiene también un plan en nuestro favor. El nos ama y todo lo hace para nuestro bien. Él nos ama y no hace nada para nuestro mal.”
This prayer has helped me to be in great peace and take advantages of all the help for cancer people that exist in this great country we live Canada. Reading a book I learned that cancer is meaning of love. This happens to you to change the way you are living. You have to do each day the things that give you peace and happiness.
I also read about how to practice relaxation, imagination and praying to live each day the best day of your life. The stress applying these techniques will be decreased almost to zero. Stress is nothing good with sickness and especially with cancer.
Take advantage of all this treasure that exist in Canada and you will be happy and enjoying your life every day.
Posted by vanbcman on Oct 24, 2016 10:16 pm
The day of my initial scan I was waiting in the prep room looking at a picture of a waterfall. In the waterfall I saw a girt holding a basket. Nobody else could see her. After my treatments during my follow up scan I went to the same room but this time I could not see the girl anymore. She was gone. I didn't need her help anymore is what I thought.
Also during the deepths of chemo in my hospital bed I saw my cat which had passed away run past my bed!
So I just want everyone to know if you see things during your treatment it is OK. It doesn't mean you are dying or crazy :)
Posted by Dave_admin on Oct 25, 2016 2:01 pm
It's really nice to hear that you've found some comfort in your faith and that you're finding ways to remain centred.
Posted by scaredysquirrel on Jan 29, 2017 12:56 am
Posted by mchesher on Jan 30, 2017 10:41 am
- not taking things for granted - 100%! "Every day above ground is a great day" - not my quote but I try my best to live it
- keeping things in perspective - also 100%. I find very few things really rattle me anymore given that my initial first though is to be happy to be here just to experience it at all - weird I guess but I can live with the logic
these are my 2 biggest "learnings" from this "experience" - I rarely if ever use that nasty C word :)
Posted by dino on Mar 7, 2017 4:35 pm
Posted by Roll-On on Mar 10, 2017 5:51 pm
So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother-in-law and dear friend. We sometimes focus on the why or why him not me. Almost like survivors guilt. The key is to treasure the time you spent together supporting each other and it sounds like you both did that very well. He was fortunate to have yor friendship and support.
Posted by Kolombe on Mar 10, 2017 7:50 pm
dino I'm sorry to hear of your brother-in-law's death. Nothing about cancer seems to be fair does it? I am sure he benefitted greatly from your experience as his diagnosis and treatments began and it sounds like you were able to spend some quality time with each other along the way.
Posted by scaredysquirrel on Mar 10, 2017 8:00 pm
I am not on this journey alone
I am stronger than I think
I have more empathy for others
I am thankful for each day and even a small measure of good health
What I thought was important before is not really now
I have a wonderful, loving husband who is standing courageously beside me
I also am blessed with friends and family who are sticking by me and encouraging me
Having a sense of humour can help even on a bad day
Connecting here with others who understand what I am going though is a great aid
Posted by Beaver on Mar 10, 2017 9:47 pm
Posted by Roll-On on Mar 11, 2017 2:30 pm
wow, read the nurse/patient letter..... thanks for sharing that... not sure if I can share it with my family.... We lost my mother and sister both to cancer in the last ten years... not sure how they would react to it... For me awesome perspective..... Thanks again.
Posted by hkjudy on Jul 29, 2017 10:12 pm
It has also taught me how much love surrounds me. I found friends to be incredibly supportive and acquaintances came out of the woodwork with some form of support (whether a quilt to keep warm, free reiki sessions, drives to the hospital, or flowers and cards) - everyone was wonderful.
We just had a "celebration" to thank them (now that my treatments are over) and it was a wonderful party. Interestingly....an acquaintance who was there talked to me this morning and said that many in the neighbourhood are talkng about how great it was to celebrate life - not a life lost.
Posted by MommaBear on Jul 30, 2017 4:19 pm
Javier, I'm with you on accepting/trusting in God's mercy and compassion, that's for sure and have to keep reminding myself of His great power, grace and love for all of us.
sundog, yeah, I am with you on not sweating the small stuff at work when I return! I'd even welcome a golden handshake, as they sweat over minutiae...boring...what do you expect of a bunch of lawyers...LOL!
I found myself thinking of the book, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" (by Robert Fulghum) and thinking that I never learned until now how very precious relationships are, how very fragile life is, and how even our seemingly most insignificant thoughts and choices orient us to different paths. I have become more consciously aware of the influence of my emotions and subconscious mind on my consciousness and conscience, specifically, how anger and frustration can physiologically alter our body chemistry. I wish I had learned all this in kindergarten! Well, never too late, as the saying goes. Hopefully!
Posted by cc74 on Aug 11, 2017 1:32 am
Posted by Lacey_adminCCS on Aug 11, 2017 9:27 am
Great to hear from you. You bring up a great point sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to grieve, be angry, and have down days. Those days are all part of getting to the other side.
I can't imagine being a single mom and going through cancer treatment. How old are your kids? Did you have help from anyone?
Posted by cancertakesflight on Nov 4, 2017 9:15 pm
"Having breast cancer is really a learning experience. You’re not limited to learning lots of medical information. You learn about life in general and about your relationships. You learn a lot about yourself and how you react to a stressful situation.
Before I had cancer I never…
- Thought that I would get cancer in the first place.
- Knew there were so many more signs of breast cancer than a lump.
- Fully appreciated what other people with cancer were going through.
- Realized that cancer is a family disease because its impact goes well beyond the patient.
- Knew that I could be so emotionally strong.
- Understood that a positive attitude is essential, but so is letting out and dealing with emotions as they surface.
- Believed that losing my hair and wearing a wig could get me more compliments than my real hair."
Here is the link if you are interested in reading the rest of my blog post.
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