And the importance of slowing down, and listening to your body, and remembering that you're human. And I think that's one of the things ... We're all so intent on being superhuman. And until nature comes and slaps us down, ‘no!'
I started seeing other men that were going through that. That I think also was another added layer of, 'I'm not alone in this,' … That helped. I think that's what kind of helped me shift from that thinking of, 'Oh my god. How is this possible?' to, 'Okay. There's things that you can do to help this. Not only yourself, but to help others.
So life just continued. I guess that was the most surprising thing if anything, was that life continued as normal. At work I couldn’t do all the meetings so I had some colleagues help out. That part actually helped, we wanted some routine because you didn’t want to dwell. It was that sense of normalcy that got us through it.
If I get invited to something or I'm doing something and I really don't want to do it, I don't anymore. So if I'm spending time with you, if you're part of my day, it's because I want it to be that way, not because I feel like it has to be.
I love to sew, but my real passion lays outdoors with my plants. They're my pets.
He wrote a couple pieces, which are a part of his incredible book, When Breath Becomes Air. I read a couple of them. He was talking about what it was to live with cancer, to live with terminal cancer. He was writing about processing his emotions. It was so impactful for me to realize people continue to live.
And then I just sat there and I went, 'Michael, you're stage four. What the hell are you worried about? Live. Get on the plane,' and I did.
March is triple negative breast cancer month. I'm not sure yet what I'll do this month because it's my first March having had triple negative breast cancer. But it does seem like there's a lot going on … I'd say for March, I'm just going to try to be fabulous and get the word out about triple negative breast cancer.
I have made my health — physical, mental, and spiritual — my absolute priority and everything else takes a back seat. I feel more connected to my religion and to God. I am Jewish and went to Israel for the first time after I had had a few chemo treatments. The trip revived my heart and my soul, and lifted my spirits.
Now that time is more of a currency and a high value thing, I look at that as how I'm spending it, and I want to spend it with my family and the people that matter versus doing things that I guess are more superficial.
So it was learning to adapt to kind of a new sort of normal. Like I will always have this disease or a thought of it in my mind, from 28-years-old for the rest of my life because it's something I will always have to be on alert for.
Instead of living life like I'm running out of time, I want to live it like I still have time. I don't want to live like I'm dying, because I'm not.
Just for today, laugh out loud, sing a song, be assertive, be silly, be happy, be strong. Just for today do it all once and then if you liked it tomorrow do it all once again.
On Mothers Day, remember that she is the single most important person in your life! What would she want from you? It's simple. A gesture of love! No matter your relationship, write a note, let her hear your voice, visit her if possible. No need for flowers, elaborate gifts or cards. Make it Simple and heartfelt!
Albert Einstein said: " In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." I have pondered on this and I surely can understand this profound remark. You can find an opportunity in your cancer journey. Friends we have met and may never see again were opportunities to know and love fellow patients.New friends are always on the horizon.
Nutrition is almost never brought up by oncologists and it is however so important. Diet impacts the mechanisms by which cancer cells initiate
"I'm Here. That's the miracle I've been waiting for." A quote by Brian Vaszilly"Where there is Life, there's Hope." A quote by CiceroWhen I wake each morning, it is a miracle for me and there is hope for another morning. Robin Roberts said," It's about focusing on the fight, not the fright." She did not fear conquer her. Neither should you.
Cancer has truly changed my world! I miss my career in real estate sales, I miss being able to plant and care for my beautiful flowers, I miss being able to bring my groceries in without a struggle, running up the stairs, going out after six pm, writing legibly, browsing the department stores, etc. I truly know I will never be the person I once was.
Thank you to all the men and women who are protecting our country. Prayers to all the families that lost someone throughout the years of serving.
Spread the word about this site! I tell everyone I talk with, in letters I write,and in my texts and Facebook friends! I would love to do a brochure to send out . Maybe that's next?? Have a great day!!🤔😄
When cancer strikes, it leaves you no option except to start the journey realizing your life will never be the same. There is no new norm for me as I have some new ache or pain each and every day to deal with...wondering, what's next!
Sitting in a lovely Bed and Breakfast on Tybee Island, Georgia... wishing I could be out on the beach!! Some things you just cannot do when cancer has been with you for years. In my case..almost 13years! It spoils so many things, but yet we can still be alive!🔏
I love the beach! Thought I wasn't able to travel there again, but I made it one more time. Getting to visit cousins and sit in the beach swing has given me new fuel YES, we CAN!
Since having cancer, my thoughts drifted to special cousins and classmates I had not seen or talked with in a very long time. I have now connected with several and have enjoyed hearing about their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren.Reach out to yours and share this site as you have the opportunity.
The Human elements of Cancer! This site was developed so we could share our stories of our every day challenges due to having the disease. Whether you are still on your journey or you are in remission, please share. You may touch someone's life.
On this particular weekend, I'm thinking of fathers...those still with us and those who have gone on before us. Wherever your father is, remember that he wants only to know that you love him.
I woke up on my 63rd birthday thanking God that I made it through another year cancer free. Me, nor my oncologist thought I would see this day. I know I am a walking miracle and that every birthday is a gift.
Just sending a shout out to the women who haven't felt like themselves lately, but get up every day and refuse to quit. Stay Strong 💪...Fight like a Girl 💫
Women and men going through the cancer journey, Put On Your POSITIVE Pants 🎇 Push All Negativity out of your way and concentrate on YOU 🌟
Fighting Pretty began after our founder, Kara, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 26. While going through treatment, Kara received a pair of mini pink boxing gloves that reminded her to never give up; but it was her inner strength and some pink lipstick that kept her “Fighting Pretty,” and that strength of Fighting Pretty has gone on to thousands.
Life is tough sometimes. How we react is our decision. Cancer has brought me to my knees many times in this journey. Giving up is one option. Not one I'm ready to choose just yet! Share your thoughts here so we can read them also.
Jennifer Aniston made the following statement and it is oh, so true."Cancer affects all of us, whether you're a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient."
A friend was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately she has two nurses in her immediate family who will be of significant aid to her in the journey she is embarking on. It brought me back to when I was diagnosed. Memories now behind me!
It's truly amazing what you can do! Yesterday was simply a wonderful day!!
Rainy day here in Tennessee. Would be really easy to just stay in the bed, but we can't! We need to keep moving on down our journey road. One foot in front of the other. Thank God for another day!
Thank you, God for another day. The rain is kissing my flowers. It sounds wonderful...great time to meditate. You have a nice day. Find one positive thing to be grateful for.
After reading an article about an athlete and his COPD, I was motivated to get out and exercise even more. I've been saying that you can train your mind and he said the exact same thing! Relates to our cancer journey also. Use your mind!
Someone said I don't know how you do it. I said I wasn't given a choice. Well said by both.
How have you responded to life with cancer? Write about your journey here! You may give inspiration to me and others. Be honest. We would love to see your first post.
I miss shopping for hours...Going out at night after 7...buying everything from the market. I wonder if anyone else feels this way?? Having cancer totally consumes your life the longer you have it. Each day is a blessing...
I am excited for the weekend. One of my daughters and her daughter are coming to visit. It sounds like a fun weekend. Family is important during this time.