I am a cancer survivor. I could not have made it through without my faith in God, my family, my friends, my church, my medical staff, and modern medicine. I earned the title of expert by my experience. I have been bald, rearranged, studied, scraped, poked, squeezed, cut, broken, stitched, stuffed, baked, boiled, poisoned, and BBQed…I’ve learned to give up my nose hair, my head hair, my eyelashes, my fingernails, several body parts and billions of tears to get well. I have suffered through bad news, good news, icky news, and sad news. I have a perfect knowledge of being exhausted to the bone, sicker than a dog, living with a port, chosen for a study, genetically tested and endured hundreds of appointments. And I have experienced the joy of walking out of a cancer treatment center cancer free.
Now others have asked me, “What do I do now for my friend, my mother, my child who is facing cancer.” In this blog I want to share the amazing tokens of love and kindness that was part of my journey. I will also share how the arts, a little mischief and yes, fun helped me get through. I invite you to also share uplifting tips you have used to help your loved one or what you, as a survivor, used to get through. If any of these ideas can help in any way then it will be my way of giving back to those who saved my life.
Please pass it forward.