I am writing this in behalf of close friends who are experiencing, battling and survived with Cancer in various kinds. Many of us believe that if one has Cancer, s/he needs sympathy and close to dying. It’s partly true but I’m encouraging you to open your mind and know where to position your knowledge.
Cancer is a class of disease which a group of cells in uncontrolled growth invades and destroys adjacent tissues and the cells could spread by lymph or blood. Some cancers like leukemia (blood cancer) do not form tumors that I why one do not know s/he has it until one day a strange symptom occur followed by death or being not able to do the usual things.
It is always important to take care of our health and prevent it from happening to us. It is also important not to fear or lose hope once diagnosed to have it.
A friend of mine has a cancer from her pancreas. It was really fast to spread and she was diagnosed to be in Stage 2. It wasn’t as severe compared to others who have stage 4 or 5. Cancer can be treated with chemo but it can re-occur. My friend has to undergo a lot of treatment including surgery to remove her pancreas. Pancreas is very important especially for sugar control and if removed she has a high risk of diabetes for life.
Ok I won’t continue on the medical terms. My friend has to go back to her country to have the surgery done and when she’s there and got checked again, her cancer increase to Stage 3. She was very weak and very sad. She blamed herself, God, people and other things like work, stress just to ease her pains.
She was very depressed and afraid to die because she said she want to do a lot of things and she need more years to enjoy that. She’s a career woman but when I heard her fears, I never heard things about her career anymore. She just kept on talking about touring to Europe, seeing wonderful things, going to the mountains, smelling fresh flowers, drinking milk and it was awesome to hear that. She neglected all these things before her diagnosis. She was 100% focus in her office, she didn’t want to mess up and she never had good times with family and friends. She was like slave at her work.
One time after her last treatment, she described to me those little grasses that grew in her backyard and how incredibly fast they grown even if no one is planting them. She also appreciated the sun set and sun rise, how wonderful it is to feel the warmth in her body. She increased her spirituality and started a life that is calm, slow and peaceful. She told me “Cancer was the best thing that happened to me”. With it, she had learned to appreciate the slow life and recognize those little things that she used to neglect because she was living a busy life. She also gained more friends and understood better about interpersonal skills. She also gained better relationships with her family and friends.
With our busy life, we tend to neglect ourselves especially our health. But when illness occur, it doesn’t matter how malignant it is what matters most is how we fight to surpass it.