Thursday, October 23, 2014
For those who love reading laugh out loud books, my friend John Brook has just written a great book, very entertaining read! Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDy6-LmF0LE&feature=youtu.be
Sunday, October 19, 2014
I have been told it three times in my life so far. December 2003, September 2006 and December 2010. The moment you get told that word the fear you feel is incredible. Overwhelming. People try and comfort you but their words don't dissipate the fear.
Cancer is scary.
People tell you that you are so brave and you think, "Do I have a choice?"
I didn't choose cancer. For whatever reason cancer chose me.
And you fight it with everything you have got. You take on that fear and overcome it. You do it because you are not ready to die. You do it because you want to live. You don't have a choice. Fighting cancer is like an innate reflex action. After the initial shock your mind just goes into survival mode. Fighting cancer is all about survival. For those not suffering from cancer it might seem like you are brave. If being brave means pushing back your fear and fighting to survive, then I guess we are brave.
But at the time you don't feel particularly brave. You feel terrified.
And sometimes being brave is not enough. No matter the fight you put up, the cancer forces advance and slowly take control of your body, reducing you to a diseased shell. There is no dignity when this happens. Dying has no dignity. It is the end.
Everybody who gets a cancer diagnosis fights it. We all believe we can beat it. But it is a luck of the draw kind of thing. For some the belief you can beat it is not enough. And you never know until you get the all-clear if that lucky person who beats it is you.
Cancer is scary.
Early detection is your best hope of beating it.
Bravery is instinctive.