Through my journey with cancer, and my experiences with blogging, I have had the privilege of meeting other strong Newfoundland women, who are living happy, and fulfilling lives while facing cancer.
Rather than focus on the negatives of having cancer, Linda, blogs about her favourite beautiful things at www.beautifulideas.wordpress.com And her site is truly beautiful (especially if you are looking for Christmas decorating ideas.)
Deb, another remarkable woman, blogs about caring for her “Miracle Man”, who was given only three months to live….and that was more than 5 years ago. She shares tips and words of encouragement on her blog www.myhusbandskidneycancer.com
Dana, with the voice of an angel, shares her experiences with breast cancer in a moving song, “No Time For You.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EhzENwLI2k
But the young woman whose words moved me to tears, is Beck, a nineteen year old fighting a fierce battle with cancer. She shared these words with me:
“I fight because I’m finally happy. I love living life… A lot of people when they’re diagnosed look at it as “I’m dying,” the way I look at it, I’m living until the day I die. I’m trying my hardest to stay strong and keep the people that matter to me, happy. You just have to live each day to the fullest.
Being diagnosed was the best, but worst thing that’s ever happened to me. It made me open my eyes fully and realize how important the simplicity of life is. It’s not about money or fancy things, it’s the simple things like watching my brother grow older, teaching him about the things I’ve learned throughout my lifetime, making my mom smile, and making the best of every day so that if the day comes that I pass away, my loved ones are left with the best of memories.
When people say half the battle is your attitude, it’s so true! When a lot of people are diagnosed, they give up. They’re discouraged, fearful and it’s completely understandable. But if you keep a positive attitude, I believe anyone can beat this, even if the doctor’s say there’s no chance of curing the illness. There ARE miracles!”
What amazing wisdom from one so young! I am blessed that our paths crossed in this lifetime. Thank you, Beck, you are a true inspiration to me. Keep believing in miracles!
Tip: I remember when my little two year old cousin, Amy, was sent home to die from leukemia. The doctors said there was no hope. She is now a happily married 34 year old. BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!
NOTE: Since this blog was posted, Beck has started her own blog: http://notoriousbeck.tumblr.com/