After recovering from the shock of learning that I had colorectal cancer, one of my first reactions was to get information — lots of it. Books from the library were helpful, but that didn’t give me local information. I Googled for Canadian colorectal cancer blogs and found only one for Nova Scotia. It helped prepare me for what was ahead. I’ve started this blog as a way of giving back to others who may need help on a cancer journey.
To navigate my site, use the Timeline for a quick overview. In it are many links to the appropriate postings. If you want a more personal perspective and to know more of what I experienced, read through my Blog from the first posting.
One friend wrote me in an email, “This may sound weird, but try to enjoy your journey“. Those few bold words have been my motto throughout my experience. For those with a similar illness, I suggest you follow them as well, in your own way. I fully realize that cancer is a very broad term and the disease comes in varying forms and degrees. We each have our own journeys that may end differently.
I keep a journal that has been my companion on every consultation. In it I have my list of questions for the.doctor and the doctor’s answers to them. That same journal records my shining moments and gives vent to the very darkest ones so that they don’t fester. In it I have written what I have learned — my Gifts of Cancer. Having cancer has opened my eyes in so many ways that I’ve barely had time to feel sorry for myself. I am a better person now than I was before I had the disease, for it has taught me to see what is truly important in life.
I wish you well, my friend.
May grace come to restore you to balance.
May it shape a new space in your heart
To embrace this illness as a teacher
Who has come to open your life to new worlds.Excerpt from A Blessing for a Friend on the Arrival of Illness
by John O’Donohue