Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Those Affected by CANCER Truly Understand

MUSIC: "I'll Always Be There"

A major component of getting through the adversities that cancer brings to patients and their loved ones, is support. Bottom line is that we all need each other's encouragement and inspiration to help get us through and if anyone tries to travel this road alone, then it will indeed be almost impossible to do.

One thing I've come to realize over these past two years is that it's only those who are affected directly with cancer, who can truly understand just what the patient, caregiver or immediate family are going through on their difficult days. That's why it's very important to have that connection with someone else who is also going through similiar experiences to share concerns and more especially that special someone to lean on, when you so desparately need to.

Support of family and friends is vital as well. There's nothing like spending that "normal" time with those who have always been there for you. Maybe you'll share a meal together, visit friends, talk about any subject that does not contain the word CANCER and during that time, that little opportunity to live that moment as though you don't have a worry or care at all, will help to rejuvenate your soul and do you a world of good!

Tonight, I'm having some friends for supper...heck, I'm going to ask more people over from now on. Seems I've been postponing this way too much and it doesn't matter that you go through all kinds of meal preparation - no one even notices, just have the usual but most important share your time with others who can help keep you grounded and erase your struggles with cancer during that special time you spend together.

For those of you who probably don't have someone to share your difficult days with, remember you can always find those in similiar situations by searching other cancer websites or by joining us on our Cancer Cafe chat forum.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

-- Helen Keller


Anonymous said...

Another inspiring post Debbie. What you said is so very true about how spending time with friends and family helps erase your problems for a short time.

Anonymous said...

We all need support. Thanks for giving me the reminder. I will connect with a friend who is also struggling with cancer.

Anonymous said...

Debbie, reading your various postings since the inception of your blog has been an inspirational experience for me. I am not a cancer patient and therefore cannot truly appreciate the many challenges that you have described. However I am a good friend of Willard's and have experienced many feelings and thoughts from that perspective. I have always admired his strength and phenomenal attitude and its contageous impact on those around him. Your efforts to share your experience with others in an attempt to help them in a supportive role is indeed a beautiful thing. As your challenge continues, I wish you and Willard the best possible outcome. Thank you for showing me the true priorities of life.