“I really need to figure out a way to travel more.”
It’s interesting, what you think about when the word “cancer” enters your vocabulary in a way that only cancer can. When it is no longer something “out there” and has taken up space in your life. When the mundane things that you take for granted, like a long soak in the tub, are replaced with waiting for phone calls from the hospital.
Read part four here :
The “C” word isn’t anything anyone wants to hear while they’re sitting in a paper gown on an exam table. You never know exactly how you’re going to react until it actually happens. A tidal wave of emotion threatens to pull you under, drowning in a combination of fear, denial, and disbelief. When you finally come up for air, there doesn’t seem to be enough of it any more.
My journey through cancer continues. Read “One Word – part three” here :
“Just tell me the truth. Am I going to lose my leg?”
“I don’t think it will come to that, but I can’t be sure.”
A cut on my leg changed my entire life. Read the next chapter in my journey through cancer here :
“Well, I know why your leg won’t heal. You have cancer.”
I felt the world fall out beneath me. My stomach sank. All of the air was sucked out of my lungs and everything suddenly became an odd shade of grey.
Read part one of this series here :
I do not define myself by how many roadblocks have appeared in my path;
I define myself by the courage I have found to forge new roads.
I do not define myself by how many disappointments I have faced;
I define myself by the forgiveness and faith I have found to begin again.
I do not define myself by how long a relationship lasted;
I define myself by how I have loved, have been willing to love again, and how I still love.
I do not define myself by how many times I have been knocked down;
I define myself by how many times I have struggled to my feet.
I do not define myself by how often I have appeared a fool;
I define myself by the number of risks I have taken.
I do not define myself by the number of mistakes I have made;
I define myself by the knowledge I have learned from trying a new way.
I am not my pain…
I am not my past…
I am that which has emerged from the fire.
*Image courtesy of the Sisterhood of Avalon http://www.sisterhoodofavalon.org