Living Through My Journey as a Cancer Survivor
Lately I have been fearful, fearful that cancer will reappear. Not sure why, most probably because a dear friend is dealing with a stage 4 re-occurrence, or perhaps it’s the nature of my volunteer work with cancer patients. Fortunately, I am 9 years cancer free and live a healthy life. Not a day goes by that I do not feel grateful and fortunate. If I allow myself, I can relive that story in a flash, the smell and taste of chemotherapy, the endless hours of treatment and the debilitating symptoms that are necessary in becoming a soul survivor. It scares me to death!
The feeling lives within everyone who has taken the journey; I believe cancer survivors and as well those who have had challenging circumstances have a true sense of what’s important in life and tend to live in the grace of the moment. With every breath, we nourish our vitality, we heal, we grow, we stand strong together and we move towards wellness.
Even before my cancer diagnosis, I considered myself living a healthy and mindful life;
however, I was under extreme stress dealing with my son’s drug and alcohol addiction.
Anyone who has experienced a cancer journey, the fear of its return is common. Every unusual ache or pain that persists beyond the normal immediately triggers a fearful thought and the story is relived. Has my body failed me again? A cancer journey truly redefines one’s life; and if I allow and choose fear, it will cripple me. However, I choose to acknowledge my humanness and move towards living a present and fearless life. I visit my healthy and positive mind with all its beautiful mantras.
While our bodies need to nourish, they also need to cleanse daily and our immune and lymphatic system needs to be active and healthy. Our stress levels manageable, our eating habits healthy and our minds need to encourage positivity. Does that make you immune to a cancer diagnosis?
It can most definitely back you off from the dreadful disease. There is a special aura that
surrounds people who have coped with, recovered from and survived cancer. Along with the
shock, fear and loss many experience comes this unbelievably surge of unexpected strength, courage and wisdom. If we can beat this dreadful disease and all it’s physical and emotional side effects, it empowers us to face and overcome other challenges that come our way. It’s truly a powerful and indescribable feeling that turns a helpless soul into a hopeful being and simply changes one’s life and perception.
The feeling lives within everyone who has taken the journey; I believe cancer survivors and as well those who have had challenging circumstances have a true sense of what’s important in life and tend to live in the grace of the moment. With every breath, we nourish our vitality, we heal, we grow, we stand strong together and we move towards wellness. We humans get through it and that’s the testament to the human spirit and although we are fragile, we are also divine.