Perk # 37: Cancer Has Intrduced Me to Many Phonomenal Women

Meet Beck: An amazing young cancer warrior who is inspiring me to live each day to the fullest

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/

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11 thoughts on “Perk # 37: Cancer Has Intrduced Me to Many Phonomenal Women

  1. Appreciate the kind remarks Florence. Yes, I totally agree that having a positive attitude is “everything” when you have cancer. That attitude is something the medical experts cannot prescribe but we can all reach inside and bring it out. Your blog definately shows every cancer patient how to look at the positives that cancer brings! You are one amazing person!!! Take care, Deb

  2. Beck has shown us all what it most important in this lifetime. No matter what you may have or what you may face if you have a positive attitude you inspire everyone around you. I am so proud this young lady is my great-niece.

  3. I was diagnosed last may with breast cancer. After chemo, surgery and radiation I am now cancer free. I found that a positive attitude was what got me through this. I stayed positive because of my wonderful hubby, my parents who are in their 80’s and my family. I felt it was tough enough for them to know I had cancer so the last thing they needed was to know how I was suffering. I always put a positive foot forward no matter how I was feeling. It got me through for which I am eternally grateful. My mom said to me a couple of weeks ago……you never complained after going through what you did. I told her I never did because there were people who were worse off than I was.

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Janet. You are right, as cancer warriors and survivors we need to stay strong and positive for our loved ones. Cancer is a family disease. At least by keeping a good outlook we can ease the suffering of those we love.

  4. Greetings, Dear Florence!

    Thank you so much for the lovely mention of my blog. It was very sweet of you.

    Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I find it therapeutic to focus on something other than myself. Well, you already know about the Garden ‘Pink Days’ fundraiser in July and, as a result, I wound up being invited to speak to garden centres across Canada about hosting their own ‘Pink Days’! We just never know sometimes what we might find ourselves doing from one day to the next, do we?! Especially, when we’re suddenly thrown a curve ball… 🙂

    When I first received the diagnosis, however, back in April 2010, I actually asked to have my surgery deferred for nearly two weeks in order to pull off a ‘surprise wedding’ for a beautiful couple at a company function (of course, the couple knew they were marrying just no one else did…it was the most beautiful thing). Planning the wedding actually helped keep me calm and there were some days that I didn’t even think of what I’d be facing in a matter of just days…Whatever works!

    And, this past Sunday, after many weeks of planning, I hosted at my home “A Christmas Tea for Lucas” for a six-year old boy who has Muscular Dystrophy and lives in PEI. He was diagnosed at age 2 and recently began a journey participating in drug trials flying from PEI to Montreal and back home once a week for the next 52 weeks. I met his grandmother, Carolyn, and a kindred spirit (through blogging) for the first time in August when I made the trek to PEI solely to meet her and tour her glorious gardens (you know, too, that I believe gardens can be healing in many ways)! We hit it off (my hubby says we must have been separated at birth), and I promised to Carolyn before leaving PEI, that I would host a fundraiser tea for her grandson to help with the expenses. Well, on Sunday afternoon, thanks to the kindness and generousity of spirit of all who came through our door to share a cuppa and good Christmas cheer, we raised over $1,300 for little Lucas and his family! That’s a good feeling!

    All these things help me to take my mind away from my own troubles and focus on the positive in life – HAPPY THERAPY! I believe it does work!

    I love your blog. I can so relate…Please keep inspiring!

    Hugs,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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