Always a chance of sunshine
Published Monday, May 16, 2011 11:23AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 6, 2013 12:58PM EDT
Wow time really does fly by. Sorry for not writing sooner, so much has happened since my last post. Charlie Sheen losing, rain, the Japan tragedy, rain, the election, rain and now an anniversary.
I sit here in my favourite corner of my couch, with a squishy pillow sandwiched behind my back, taking a deep breath. This past weekend, marked my one year anniversary of when I first began treatment. I have completed it many months ago, and feel almost normal. Wow there is a word I never thought would feel so good to say. I FEEL NORMAL!!
I was doing some gardening the other day, hauling top soil and topping up some the flower beds -- this will sound a little weird, but I remember taking a break while sitting on the door step and thinking -- how lucky I was to be able to do this. I mean a year ago, for a short period of time I thought, I may never really be able to garden again.
It simply wasn't a priority in the grand scheme of things, just getting up each morning was my mandate. Today is a new day, and believe it or not, there is not a single one that goes bye now that I’m not thankful for. I consciously acknowledge that each and every day. That’s when I got it, I mean I really understood about appreciating everyday, not just talking about the ol' cliché “you don’t know what you have until you have lost it”…but actually embracing it.
Adversity forces you to gain a new perspective on life, and it can in many ways be a blessing. Hope can and does sometimes happen.
It’s that new found knowledge that has put me into action. I have made a personal goal to be a catalyst of change when it comes to this disease.
In the coming weeks I will be launching a personal initiative that I really hope will make a difference for those who are newly diagnosed with cancer. It’s about people helping people and I am very excited about it. Look forward to telling you much more very soon.
When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."