Thriving, not just surviving: choosing to live well with cancer

thriving Sep 01, 2018

What do you do when you’ve been told you have cancer? Have you ever wondered what it feels like? Perhaps you already know? Or perhaps you have experienced it second hand through a family member, friend, or through patients you’ve encountered.

Those three little words – “you’ve got cancer” – can evoke a whole range of emotions, from fear and shock, confusion and anger, to sadness and disappointment. It can be devastating.

My story

Just over 10 years ago, I went for an MRI scan to determine whether or not I had a pituitary tumor (I do, but it’s benign and doesn’t cause me any problems now – something I thank God for!). I still remember the feelings I had when disappearing into the MRI tunnel and the “thunk, thunk, thunk” noise that the machine makes. It was unnerving to say the least! But it was painfully waiting for results that caused me most anxiety.

At that time, I remember receiving a vase of tulips from an...

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