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Jan302011

A Funny Thing Happens After You Are Diagnosed With Cancer

You know the old cliche........your life will never be the same...........well it turns out that it's true for me. It will soon be four years since I heard those words spill from my doctor's mouth. At such a young age, and with young children, my immediate thoughts went out to my girls. They still needed their mother terribly.

The amount of feelings generated after diagnosis, and the emotional roller coaster ride that ensues cannot be accurately described in words. It is a mixture of feelings from fear to hatred to hopelessness  that cascade around your mind......yes, invincible you!

During this time, it's better to have a support system around you. You need this until you come to terms with your diagnosis, and have made the decision that all cancer survivors make..........I am going to beat this!

Yes, your life will never be the same. How can it be? But this is where remarkable change happens. For some survivors, a cancer diagnosis can really be a gift. I'm not quite sure that I'm in that category yet. I tend to think of it as an opportunity to better myself. Whatever way you choose, any cancer survivor will say, without a doubt, that they have bettered their life in some way.

I have changed the way I live in several ways. I have continued running, and enjoy challenging myself to train for a variety of races. I always include at least one race that is raising funds for cancer research. Running those races are very emotional, and extremely fulfilling.

But my life has changed, and, I'm sure, will continue to change in may other ways. I have taken up meditation, which helps me further reduce my stress, and brings a world of piece to my mind. I have also incorporated much healthier food into my life. Over the past few years I have found solace in the kitchen, and a real love of cooking. I enjoy trying recipies from different countries, and have incorporated organic and heealthy foods when I can. My diet, and appreciation of food has improved quite a bit. My next addition will be yoga. I will incorporate this into my busy life when I can logistically make room for it. I heard it is good, and can even improve my running.

Perhaps the most significant change after a cancer diagnosis is the small stuff; you know, the tiny irritants in everyday life...someone cuts in front of you in line, the driver in front of you is going too slow, or your computer crashed for the second time in one week. Although I have my moments where this is bothersome, these occurences don't send me around the bend anymore. Who cares? I always get a chuckle now when I see people that are clearly upset at these minor things.

Life does end up better. It's too bad it takes a cancer diagnosis to realize it. Had this not happened to me, though, I most likely would not be in the place I am now. For this, I am grateful.

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