A friend noted a comment I made on Facebook about how having cancer made me less afraid of it. She asked me to explain since she was just diagnosed with breast cancer and she is afraid.
I shared my reading list (Pema Chodron pictured here and Eckhart Tolle) and assured her that I too was afraid. I'm not afraid today because I live each moment, I accomplished a dream (riding a bicycle across America) and I have great support from friends (many of whom are on Scoop.it), family and doctors.
Having cancer made me a better person. Sad that it took such a knock on the head to become a better person, but I am hard headed (lol). I don't think about death as much as how to live, how to make a difference, how to give back, how to use this time NOW wisely.
This is NOT to say I don't feel overwhelmed, don't panic or want to jump off the roof on occasion, but I had those days before I was diagnosed (lol). I do the best I can and hope for the best. What more can we do?
If you have great cancer resources I should share with my friend, please share and I will be sure she sees them. Thanks to the army of people who haved saved my life (more than once), contributed to my life or helped me.
Just wrote a breif story about a cold Utah morning in the summer of 2010 during Maritn's Ride: http://scenttrail.blogspot.com/2012/11/cancer-sucks-mostly-uplifting-martins.html