Ten Reasons to be Thankful for Cancer

Ten Reasons to be Thankful for Cancer
Thankful? For cancer? Not really. But as Americans gather this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to share gifts I found scattered all over cancer’s path. For these treasures, I am grateful. Compassion “Who’s Gail?” My husband asked, handing me another card from this incredible stranger in Flower Mound, Texas. A friend of my sister, she learned about my cancer and sent me many encouraging cards and gifts. I’m thankful for Gail and others like her who showed me the power of compassion, and I vow to pass that gift forward. Awareness “You have three months,” my doctor said. Before my diagnosis, I made an effort to value life. But something changes when you come close to mortality. I understand better now that every minute is precious. Tranquility “Cancer was my year off from the world,” a nurse told me. He had gone through treatment, too, and said I’d get through it with a lot of sleep. I still find myself overcome with exhaustion sometimes and, unlike before, I don’t fight it. I am thankful that cancer gave me the sense to take better care of myself. Love “I think I’m having a heart attack,” my husband said. It was nearly midnight, and we were still driving home from chemotherapy. We pulled the car to the shoulder and dialed 911. The paramedics told us it was stress-induced anxiety and that when his wife recovered, Gary would, too. That experience reinforced to me how deeply our lives are intertwined, and my wish for the world is that every single person could have someone with whom they feel entirely connected. Peace “Mom, it was awesome,” my daughter told me. Every two weeks, my sisters took time off from their work, their husbands, and their lives to stay with Lauren so Gary could be with me during chemotherapy. I w
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  1. Amy Felber says:

    I am not thankful for cancer. Cancer is a terrible disease. Cancer has mostly made me mad and sad. Sad for all the children, babies and families that are made to suffer needlessly. Mad that there is still no cure. I don’t need cancer to value life and appreciate all the people I have in my life. I already knew there were no guarantees in life. I already set my intentions each day to help others and acted on them as an assistant for special needs kids. Cancer sucks!

    • Nancy Brier says:

      Amy, I’m terribly sorry for all the losses you and all of us suffer because of cancer. For me, there continue to be bright spots along the way, but I understand your anger and sadness. Sometimes, I feel that way too.

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