January came and went just like that! I always spend January reflecting on the past year and making some goals and plans for the New Year. I always find it a month of quiet and trying to figure out what I need to do or change in my own life and wonder what 2017 will look like for me on a multiple of levels.
Today is February 4th, which is World Cancer Day. It is a day that the whole world stands together and acknowledges the countless people that have lost their lives to cancer, those battling cancer, and those that have survived. Cancer knows no boundaries and although they have made many breakthroughs for this horrible disease, it is still showing up everywhere. I have felt like every week I am hearing of more and more people diagnosed with cancer and it is beyond depressing. Some of my closest friends have been recently diagnosed with cancer. It has been my desire since my first cancer diagnosis to try to do what I can in helping those going through their journey and yet I wish I could do more! If I can send an email or text or meet for coffee and just try to encourage those going through the journey to let them know they are not alone, then I feel like I am doing something to make a difference in the cancer world! There is a quote I like from the cancer site on line that says this; "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” Every person I have known that has battled cancer is just that - very strong on many levels.
Cancer never leaves my thoughts and daily I have to fight off the overwhelming sense of fear and wonder if or when it will return again. It’s a constant battle so I try to continue to focus on all the blessings in my life. In the church I grew up in as a kid, there was a song that we always sang and has come back into my memory. I find myself singing and remembering the words. "Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done, Count your blessings name them one by one, count your many blessings see what God has done."
It’s funny - the older I get, the more the memories of my past flood my mind and all the old hymns that I learnt that hardly get sung any more are so powerful. I know it might seem corny or silly but when you have walked the cancer road for over 6 years you find that in order to keep going, it really helps to always focus on all the good in your life and to count your blessings. If I don't, then I find myself getting very discouraged.
There are no guarantees for any of us on how long we will be here on this earth but for those of us that have been on the cancer journey, we have to constantly against our thoughts and try not to let cancer rob us of everything this life has to offer and to continue to live each and every day to the fullest.
I hope and pray 2017 will be a great year full of adventure, happiness, joy and, most importantly, good health! That’s my wish for everyone!
Thanks for your love, support, and prayers