I have spent quite of bit of time over the past few days adding sites to the Cancer Blogs Lists. I have been able to locate some treasure-loads of links, many providing threads to yet more sites. I will be featuring examples of these in the coming weeks and months as we focus more on the community aspect of cancer blogging.
Today I want to showcase Heather’s blog Just a Young Mama Fighting Cancer. She is a former Special Education teacher, a job that I had immediately after college. In her introduction she writes “the day my daughter turned 6 months old was the day I was diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma. That day changed my whole life. After a year long round of chemo, I thought I would be able to live my life cancer free. Apparently, God has other plans. On February 12, 2010, I was told that my cancer is back. I am currently in the process of fighting cancer, living my life to the fullest, and being the best mommy and wife that I can possibly be.”
In this post she suggests very directly the redeeming side of cancer that many of us have experienced.
Sometimes I get so mad that cancer has changed me. It has not only changed me in the inside but also on the outside. It has changed how I feel, it has changed what I do, and it has changed how I think. It has also changed the way OTHER people look at me. But, I have decided that I am ok with that.
I don’t think people look at me and say, oh you poor dear, you have cancer. I think they look at me and say, seriously? You have cancer?
And I am ok with that. Because even though cancer has changed me. It has changed me for the better. Odd, I know, but I am ok with that too.
Because, you see, because of cancer, I am a better mom, sister, daughter, wife, and friend. I realize the importance of family and friendship now more than ever. I realize how important it is to be there for the ones you love and to make sure that they know how much they mean to you.
I also believe that cancer has made me stronger. Fairly certain that 2 and half years ago most of you would not have considered me to be brave, or strong, or a fighter, however, I have NO doubt in my mind that those are words that you would use to describe me now. Because I am. I AM brave, I AM strong, and I most certainly AM a fighter.
So, yes cancer does suck, MAJORLY, but because of it I have become a better person. I no longer take for granted those special (and some not so special!) moments with my adorable little babes. And I no longer care about stupid petty things. Things are in perspective. So, thank you cancer for giving me that.
Now, if you don’t I feel as if I must kick your ass… (I’m talking to cancer there, not you readers:)