The Paradox of Cancer, the Paradox of Life

The Paradox of Cancer, the Paradox of Life

A Lump in the Road column “It was my year off from the world,” a nurse told me when I was in the Emergency Room with side effects from chemo. He had had cancer too, and it took him a year to get through treatment and recover. His manner was calm, unhurried, a decided contrast from the panicky vibes I picked up from others in the room. He seemed methodical, at peace. 

I was too weak to respond, too tired even to think straight, but I heard his nugget of wisdom and filed it away to ponder later. Little did I know at the time, but the reality of my cancer journey was going to mirror a greater paradox of life, one I started to become aware of during my foggy interaction that day.   I learned that what we often think to be true may be the polar opposite of reality. My cancer kicked in on New Year’s Day, an easy date to remember, and an easy spot from which to log the milestones of this winding journey. At times, I looked and felt so sick that death seemed imminent. But during the first part of my chemo, I looked healthier than I ever
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2 comments

  1. Joellen Desautels says:

    Nancy,
    This is just lovely and so well-written. I love 2 things especially; “the more we fail, the more likely we are to succeed” and it is so true. Pick yourself up and get back in the game, with more wisdom.

    And I love, “the year off from the world” quote. So interesting. How much more do you appreciate our daily gifts because you have had this lesson on slowing down and observing? Perhaps this has taken you to another level with your writing, or your relationships. Every life lesson has its blessings to pair with it. You certainly are making the most of these blessings! Beautiful work, Nancy.
    Kindly,
    Joellen Desautels

    • Nancy Brier says:

      What I’ve learned through my experience with cancer are lessons not about disease but about life. And I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to share those lessons through this platform and others. Thanks for reading my thoughts and for your kind words. It warms my heart.

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