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Cancer Has Shown Me That …

by Belinda Foreman

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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.