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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Crazy, Sexy Cancer

Did you see this documentary the other night? I recorded it and watched it over the weekend. It was very interesting because it is about a woman with Stage IV cancer who is basically controlling it with diet and exercise. She hasn't been through chemo, never lost her hair etc but wakes up every day knowing she has 24 tumors inside her. She also interviewed 3 other women with different types of cancer - one was a women living with breast cancer for the last 10 years. All of these women were in their 30's or 40's.

Although a lot of the show didn't mirror my cancer experiences it did hit home about the fear and hidden strength that comes with cancer. One woman had to leave her child for two months while she underwent a stem cell transplant. It doesn't matter what kind of cancer it is, it will forever change you. I think we all learn something about ourselves when we are fighting for our lives. It might be realizing that you are stronger than you ever thought you could be, or realizing just how blessed you are with supportive family or friends, or realizing that when it comes to living a fulfilling life that extra ten pounds or any other flaw you see in the mirror does not define your happiness. These are hard lessons to learn and a hard way to learn them.

On a side note, there was a section in the documentary called BC (Before Cancer). I was surprised by that since I had the dream and the posting about BC and AD before the show aired on the 28th. I must have a sixth sense! :-)

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