The "secret" of life is just simply not to think too much, not to plan too much and just to enjoy each day.
The stories of those who survived and beat cancer are inspiration; the stories of the other outcome are things that you try to avoid hearing about. It seems part of people's interaction with you knowing you are fighting cancer is to tell you either of someone who beat it (I do not mind hearing those stories) or they want to tell you about someone who lost their battle (I do not want to hear these stories).
I think most people have no clue what it is like to be facing a life threatening illness and the radical treatments to eradicate the disease from your body. I think these people who have never dealt with such a diagnosis cannot be expected to know what to say or do for those who are fighting.
I try to just go day by day and deal with the issues at hand instead of making myself crazy with plans and back up plans for the future. I do not know what tomorrow holds but truly none of us do - we just have to enjoy today.
My goal each day is just to do that - to enjoy the fact that I do not need to go to sleep at 3pm due to chemotherapy, to enjoy the sunburn from my daily radiation treatments and to stay focused on the fact that my body is that of a warrior. My one boob and my hair growing in (slowly but growing nonetheless) is just proof of the war I have fought to stay here to beat this disease and make it never show its face here again.
I am already dreaming of my tattoo that will say, "Cancer picked a fight with the wrong bitch!" but in Italian so it will be more "classy" - it will be more like "Cancro ha scelto un lotto con la donna (troia) sbagliato" - though troia is really a more derogatory term than bitch it is hard to translate "bitch"... it will have to do.
This is what I do during the time between.
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