As I sit here, contemplating the next stage in my cancer journey, I’m humbled by the continuous support and love I’ve received from all of you along the way. Thank you for your thoughts. Thank you for your support. And thank you for your prayers.
On July 22nd, while in Colorado for my scheduled checkup, I learned that my cancer was back. But before you worry, it’s only making a small appearance. A recurrence is not something completely unexpected for someone living with a terminal disease however, for the last 20 months I’ve been blessed with clean scans.
My cancer diagnosis was the toughest challenge I’ve ever encountered in my life. I knew about cancer, had friends and loved ones who lost their lives to cancer, but never in a million years did I think it would happen to me. So obviously, I wasn’t prepared. Why would I be? People don’t study cancer in preparation of receiving a diagnosis someday. None of us ever think it will happen to us because cancer is something that happens to other people, right? Wrong!
1. Say “I don’t know what to say” – A cancer diagnosis is something none of us are ever prepared for, and it can challenge the lines of communication between friends. Some people freeze up and don’t say anything at all, while others dwell on finding the “perfect” words.
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