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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The New Me

I realize after getting so sick and going through everything I went through I really am a different person. I have mentioned before being stronger which is very true. I know I can handle more than I used to think I could. I think I matured though. I matured a lot and really changed the way I look at life. Not everything is handed to you on a silver platter. Things don't always go just the way you set for them to go. You adjust. You adapt to what life throws your way and hopefully when you look back on it all you can be thankful for the lessons you've learned. Am I thankful I had cancer? No. I wouldn't say thankful for it. I would rather have not had to deal with all that, especially for my family's sake but I am thankful for everything I have learned and the person I have become. I'm closer to my husband than ever before. I don't take a single day for granted. I don't take any person for granted. I love more than I ever did in general. I appreciate my own life and honestly am just thankful for the simple things too. Just breathing is a gift. Life gets hard sometimes and still I have days where I'd rather just throw in the towel. Those are fleeting thoughts. They come and they go. I realize they are normal. You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and continue on in this journey we call life.


Sandee said...

You have had more life experience than most young people your age. You understand the value of life. What an uplifting post.

Have a terrific day. :)

Myriad said...

So many people complain about their lot in life so it's truly refreshing to find someone who values life. All power to you!

o2bhiking said...

Sandi - I hear similar sentiments from many cancer survivors. I think the way I try to think of it, hoping people won't think I am nuts, is that while I am not thankful for having had cancer, I am thankful for the lessons it taught me and some of the places (figuratively and litterally) I have been in my life as a result. For instance, I doubt I would ever have done a marathon in Alaska and raised a ton of money for blood cancer research in the process had I not had lymphoma. Enjoy the day!

Unknown said...

Amazing. I look at blgos like yours and they insire me. I lost my wife to melanoma this past year...I write a blog about our story too. I wish you nothing but the best in life and your amazing and beautiful family! God Bless!!
Rick Possert

Ciela said...

Hi Sandi!

Having had cancer sometimes can be considered a blessing. It gives one a better outlook in life. Like you, I'm a cancer survivor too. Although mine is Breast Cancer.

Keep your faith and be an inspiration to others. God Bless!