Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nothing is Obvious....

This statement resonates with me...although I have Lymphoma, there have been many people who are shocked 
to learn of my diagnosis.

"But you look so good..."
"You are always so cheerful!"
"You have such a beautiful smile!"

     I've heard it all. Yes, I try to keep a cheerful countenance about me at all times. Yes, I smile, joke around and am cheerful. I have always been this way all of my life. But, as I've heard from many of you, no one sees what goes on behind closed doors. The pain. The chronic fatigue. The treatments. The tests. The neuropathy and myopathy. The shortness of breath. The list goes on...

     I choose to try to live life to the fullest. It is important that I try to stay as "normal" as possible on a daily basis. Life is too short to not try your best to focus on the good things...every morning when I wake up, I say, "Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!" 

So the next time you encounter someone who has cancer,
hug them, offer to help them, support them whenever you can and pray for them because everyone is fighting their own battle.

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