I consider myself a cynic at heart, and tend to see the poop that's fertilizing the rose garden rather than the blooms. But one thing that surprised me is how much good came out of my diagnosis/treatment.
I don't want to appear flip, or to be insensitive to those having a rough go of things, but I wonder if it will help if we list some of the good things that have come out of our diganoses. Some are big deals, some trivial.
For me, some nice things:
- Getting time off from work and escaping from a wretched boss (if you can believe, after I got over the initial shock of the diagnosis I thought 'oh thank heavens I won't have to deal with that hag for awhile')
- Rediscovering my 'voice' and how strong I am
- Meeting people in the chemo pits and waiting rooms - somehow we always wound up laughing and I was always inspired
- Strangers going out of their way to be kind
- Friends being amazing
- Family being amazing
- Some rifts being healed
- Catching up on the DVR
- Sleeping in
- Not having to shave my legs or wax my lip (yay - my chin hairs never came back!)
- Discovering I like how I look with short hair, and how much more time and bathroom space I have without having to deal with styling products
- Finally getting a large mole removed from my hairline - I would have had to have shaved part of my hair to get at it to get it removed, and voila, that was no longer an issue so I no longer have an enormous mole
Have you been thankful for anything that wouldn't have happened had you not had cancer?
Liz in Dallas