World Cancer Day
Today is World Cancer Day
This is in no way everything but a few snippets of the realities of cancer from my experience, inspired by a similar post I read a couple of years ago #worldcancerday
This was written last year, just after a visit from paramedics in the middle of the night. It's what those living with and going through cancer experience and it doesn't all just go away one day even after the all clear. I've come a long way these last 12 months with my healing for which I'm so grateful ❤
Cancer is the fear Grace will lose her mum too soon and I won't see her grow up
Cancer is not something you brought on yourself
Cancer is middle of the night fear that grips you tight
Cancer is wanting to do so much but sometimes not even managing a shower
Cancer is needles, scans, IVs, machines, doctors and nurses in all coloured uniforms
Cancer is finding humour in the direst of times
Cancer makes you very vulnerable to other infections
Cancer is fear of reoccurrence, any pain can trigger the fear
Cancer is trauma, sometimes relived over and over
Cancer is being brave but vulnerable all at once
Cancer rips through your life, takes your job, money and passions
Cancer is ulcers, sore skin, losing nails and other weird bodily things
Cancer is finding tools to manage fear & anxiety
Cancer is erratic emotions, sometimes feeling like you're going mad
Cancer is feeling guilt
Cancer is looking into every possible option that might help cure and prevent
Cancer makes you realise just how strong you can be
Cancer is being cut open and parts removed
Cancer makes you realise it's OK to ask for help and say I'm not ok
Cancer is questioning treatment choices and decisions continuously
Cancer is having to stop breastfeeding before you are both ready
Cancer is looking at you daughter and bursting into tears
Cancer is fear of scans and results
Cancer is a whole new look! No hair, short hair, pink hair, purple hair. Hats, scarves, bandannas....
Cancer is not needing to shave anywhere..
Cancer can help find your power and confidence it can also help you lose it
Cancer is nausea during treatment
Cancer is finding all sorts of holistic and self care choices for mental and physical health
Cancer is meeting incredibly wonderful people.
Cancer is about realising what's truly important to you. What is most important to do with time left and the dreams you really want to follow.
Cancer is all encompassing fatigue
Cancer is being grateful for life, not taking it for granted
Cancer is gratitude for the incredible NHS
Cancer is gratitude for all the amazing support organisations trying to make life a little bit easier for every cancer patient
Cancer is gratitude for friends and family who kept me going, smiling and laughing
Cancer is gratitude for the small things, like being alive to hear the birds in the morning
Cancer is gratitude to medical science and research .Cancer is gratitude for my healthcare accessibility privilege
Cancer is not who I am but it has given me a different view on life.
Cancer is not who I am but it will always be with me
Cancer is finding and clinging on to hope
Cancer is finding light in the dark
People in Devon are incredibly generous when it comes to supporting cancer charities. By backing FORCE Cancer Charity cancer on World Cancer Day, you can be sure that your money is spent helping the ones you care about most, right here where you live.
Text FORCE to 70085 to donate £3, FORCE5 to give a fiver, FORCE10 to make it a tenner. You get the picture. Please, do it today.
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