Cancer Has Shown Me That …
by Belinda Foreman
♦ I love my children, but it is so difficult to let them see me this way.
♦ It’s important always to tell the people around me how much I love them.
♦ God does exist, and God is good.
♦ Healing takes patience, and even though I don’t have a lot, if I wait, it will happen.
♦ I shouldn’t judge others, because I don’t know what they’re going through.
♦ Telling people and acknowledging that I have cancer is OK.
♦ True friends will stay with me through anything, even when I’m bald and eyelash- and eyebrow-challenged.
♦ It’s OK to cry as much as it takes to get me through it.
♦ I am stronger than I think I am.
♦ God works in amazing ways. He is always with me and can heal me.
♦ The people I least expect will do the most amazing things in my honor.
♦ People will hear me when I ask for help.
♦ All that mind, body, and spirit stuff I love so much really does work.
♦ I can gain 20 pounds while going through chemotherapy.
♦ Yes, gray is my natural hair color after all these years.
♦ When I’m tired, it’s OK to lie down and rest.
♦ Taking care of myself, being still, and acknowledging my true feelings are not signs of weakness or selfishness.
♦ I am worthy of good things and lots of love.
♦ The fourth day after chemo will be rotten, and I will feel like I can’t do it anymore. But on day five, it will get better.
♦ Anyone who goes through cancer treatment is a hero.
♦ This experience has changed my life forever.
♦ My family will always be there for me.
♦ Doctors, nurses, technicians, and medical assistants are amazing people who can make my day better, even when things seem really bad.
♦ Good, caring, and thoughtful strangers do exist in the world.
♦ Laughing out loud, even when I’m by myself, can be the best.
♦ All of this happened for a reason.
♦ I can go on, move forward, and know that my prayers have been heard.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Belinda Foreman is a breast cancer survivor living in Rock Hill, SC.
This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, May/June 2014.