Someone posted this to a previous post. I am not sure who posted it, whoever it was - please take credit!! I read it and loved it, and wanted to make sure that others got to see it too. It is so true, not only for cancer...but for any bump in the road. It is true that I have grown stronger because of NB, more compassionate, more tolerant. I have given second chances where I may have not before, I have forgiven, and I have forgotten. I have given more love and offered more trust. Cancer has brought a lot into my life.
I HAVE CANCER...
I have cancer but cancer does not have me.
Cancer is not who I am.
It’s only a bend in the road that is my life’s journey…
An unexpected detour on my path.
It is a lesson in the schoolroom that is human existence.
So I will pause to rest and heal
And study the lesson
Before I move on to my life beyond cancer.
I will not give in to fear,
And I will not be discouraged by setbacks.
Setbacks are only opportunities to review the lesson.
I will not be ashamed of my scars.
My scars are brushstrokes in the masterpiece that is my life.
I will be thankful for the many blessings that cancer has brought into my life:
People I never would have known,
Love that I had never been still or quiet enough to witness,
Humility I needed,
Strength I thought I had lost,
Courage I never knew I had.
I will remember that I can still have fun
And that it’s okay – even healthy to be silly.
I will remember that to find the joy in rainbows I must endure the rain.
And I will remember always that
While I may have cancer
Cancer does not have me.