When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I was devastated… what I never expected were the AMAZING things that also came out of this situation. I know, crazy right?
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My dad was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer last year during one of the worst times of my life… and as the year wore on, it became pretty obvious that cancer was going to be my “new normal.”
I am never going to be a fan of cancer, but I believe that God has a plan for everything and he has a plan for us. And while 2017 was a seriously terrible year, some really amazing things have resulted from all this too. Things that have changed our lives forever.
A New Perspective
When the cancer bomb drops into your life, you start to see things very differently.
It happens really quickly, this change in perspective. So fast that you barely notice it. Things that once seemed so important, they just aren’t anymore.
Cancer helps you look at everything in a way that you didn’t know was possible. Suddenly, you appreciate your life and all the things in it, in a much different way. Its one of the more amazing things, that comes out of cancer.
You know that saying about appreciating the good things in your life because of the bad, I totally get that now…
When your perspective changes, so do your priorities.
It’s ridiculous when you realize how much time you have wasted on things that don’t matter. I’ve spent so much time worrying about things that make no difference in my life when, in fact, there are so many real and amazing things out there to worry about.
Suddenly, you start to understand that none of us have as much time as we thought, and you don’t want to waste another second of your time doing things that don’t matter.
We live in upstate New York. When Radiation was recommended for treatment, and we realized that we would be living in Manhattan during the weekdays, we decided to make it an adventure.
We checked out the 9\11 museum, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. We found tickets for Broadway Shows on Groupon and made a night of it! Dinner at Carmine’s, and Rosie O’Grady’s and cheesecake at Juniors.
In addition, we’ve created a bucket list of amazing things my dad wants to do before his time with us is over. Hopefully, we have a lot more time together, but one thing we have absolutely learned is to plan for less and hope for more!
So, Last week we visited the U.S. Intrepid, this week we had an AMAZING dinner at the Culinary Institute of America (can you tell that we are food people) and we are taking a trip to Montauk in a few weeks.
We don’t know how much time we have left together, but I can tell you for sure, we are not going to waste any of it!
One of the most amazing things that have come out of cancer, is time.
Some people don’t get the chance to say goodbye. They don’t get the chance to prepare for anything. And, they don’t get the chance to have amazing adventures together.
We got the chance to talk about everything, run all over the place, and spend a ton of time together. The worst ordeal of our lives and here we are, coming out stronger because of it (or at least we have so far!)
Some people don’t get to do this. They have no time to prepare, and no warning at all. Just one day…bang, it’s all over. And that’s it. Some people don’t get to cherish this kind of time with their parents like I’ve had with mine.
I am so much stronger now because of this whole situation and unfortunately, I am not done yet. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I break down with absolutely no warning, but for the most part, I have handled every curve ball that cancer has thrown at me. I am 10x stronger than I thought I was. Truly, I had no idea.
Cancer sucks, seriously sucks! But when I take a moment to stop and think about all that has happened over this past year, I realize that some seriously amazing things have come out of all this too. Things that might not have happened otherwise.
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