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What did You Learn from Cancer

Posted 11/18/2013

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  This is a very cliched subject, but one that is worth periodically revisiting. I will never be one of those people who says that cancer was a blessing. It most definitely was not. However, if one is fortunate and stays well after cancer, I think there may be two good things that have accompanied the experience. The first is the people whom we meet along the way. Especially for women who attend one of my groups, this becomes a huge blessing. The second is that a cancer diagnosis and treatment forces us to hit "pause" on the usual rhythm of our busy lives. That pause gives us the opportunity to think about our life choices and priorities and, if we wish to do so, to make some changes.

  I would love to hear your thoughts or comments on what, if anything, cancer has brought to your life that seems to have been a positive addition. And now here is the start of an essay from the Huffington Post about the lessons of cancer. Per usual, I give you the beginning and then a link to read more:

12 Things I Learned From Cancer

by Annie Buckley

I wasn't a person who worried much about cancer. A plane crash, a freak accident or grisly crime, maybe, but cancer? It wasn't on my fear radar -- until I got it. Last spring, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I'm currently completing several months of treatment. Cancer isn't the life adventure I would have chosen from a list of possibilities -- who would? -- but it is the one I got this time. And as it turns out, cancer had a lot to teach me.

1. This was the first thing I realized, and I hope to remember it: The list of things that seem vital but really aren't is so much longer than we think. In fact, most of the things that tend to bug me, and I'm guessing you too, really don't matter very much in the scheme of things.


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