Here is a link to a ten year lymphoma survivor’s story: Paul Stoller – Living with Cancer.
I found it interesting and profound. Dr. Stoller is a professor of anthropology, and it reads that way–at first. But let me share a quote from near the end of his piece:
…Ten years after the initial diagnosis, what can I say about living with cancer? When people sometimes suggest that I’ve “beat” cancer, or that I’ve put it put it behind me, I never agree. Once you’ve had cancer, I say to them, its presence never strays far from your awareness. Several years ago, during a public lecture I gave, someone in the audience asked, “Do you often think about cancer?” My answer was simple: “Every day.”
If that sounds depressing, it’s not. The specter of cancer has both negative and positive aspects. It can make you crabby and angry — the “why me?” syndrome. But because the presence of cancer makes you conscious of your mortality — something that most of us in mainstream American culture don’t like to think about — it compels you to search and, in many cases, find what is truly important in life: contacting a lost friend, reinforcing family ties, traveling to a place you always dreamed of visiting, making some kind of contribution to the world…
Very wise, don’t you think? Feel good and keep smiling! Pat