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Living well after 10 years of Cancer

April 17th, 2012 2 comments


Cancer may take away my physical self, but it will also bring me a new life.

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

Leave it to a French philosopher to give us a quotation that could be so vehemently argued for and against.  I’m guessing that when he wrote this somewhere back in the 1700′s, Voltaire wasn’t speaking of a wife who had cancer, and then proceeded to beat the crap out of it over the last 10 years.  Ten freaking years.  It’s left its scars.  It reminds us daily of what once was.  But it also offers us the ability to focus on the fact that we have the power to control what happens to our happiness today.  And that makes life so very wonderful.

It was April 15th, 2002 that my wife Traci was diagnosed with cancer.  It was before I knew who she was, but as she tells the story, it was something that was taken with the attitude of “I’m not worried.  Just tell me what I need to do to beat this.”  And she began the process of Chemo and eventually getting a bone-marrow transplant later that year in October.  Doctors ruled her “Cancer free” which simply meant that the fight against cancer was won, and now it was time to battle the fight of all fights.  The fight to live, and live well.   Read more…

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