Thanks for welcoming my sister, Sue, to my blog. Your warm and kind response to her story of having lymphoma is not surprising to me at all. That is the way bloggers are!
A special prayer for those that have mentioned their own battles with cancer, or their loved ones and friends.
Sue has written four more posts (yeah!), sharing her thoughts on
chemo brain, and
So, here is Sue . . . on perspective.
A diagnosis of cancer is definitely life changing news. For me it came while I was at a high school baseball game watching my son. I had been to the doctor because of a minor change I noticed around my collarbone. I was not really worried but I expected my doctor to call with results of some tests I had earlier that day.
When my phone rang I left my lawn chair and walked out behind the bleachers so I could hear my doctor. “There are several ‘red flags’ and they point to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I am going to set you up next week to see an oncologist.”
So what do you do when you are at a baseball game and find out you have cancer? What I did was go sit back down and watch the rest of the game. (We lost!)
The next few days were very emotional and full of doctor appointments, needles, drinking of thick chalky liquids, phone calls, tears and disbelief.
I am the secretary of a church and I continued to work every day. I came to work a few days after my diagnosis and heard about a mother with five daughters between the ages of 3 and 21. One of her daughters went to say good bye to her mom before leaving for school and found her mom had died in her bed.
The funeral was held at the church where I work. Family and friends filled the sanctuary for the beautiful but extremely sad funeral.
As I sat and thought about this family, left without a mother, all of a sudden I had the strangest thought. "This family would give ANYTHING to have their mother have non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma."
That thought completely changed my perspective on my situation. It took me from feeling sorry for myself to “I am alive and I have options!” It was a pivotal moment in my becoming mentally prepared for what was ahead.