An Awakening - 2 Time Survivor's Story

by GregP_WN

Today's Guest Blog Post is from Karen Rice, a two-time cancer survivor of breast and colon cancer. This is her story in her words. 

K. Rice 63years Of Age

When I was diagnosed with Breast cancer I reacted like many do; first thing came to mind was "a death sentence". However, I found out later it was truly "an awakening" for me, especially when I received bad news again later down the line. I was diagnosed with "colon cancer" a few years later, yet I'm still here to tell about them both. I first began asking God, why, why me, why not someone else?

What had I done so wrong in life to have this placed upon me? But suddenly, I knew that I was going to be OK.I also realized that I was about to face a new beginning, new hope, do and see more with a whole new prospective on life. When I think of the "gift of life" that was given to me twice over, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. I would never say having or going through cancer is a gift, surviving it, receiving a second and third chance at life, is the gift. Yet, through it all, I didn't allow the disease to take away who I am, or what I stand for. 

 Even with all the current complications I now have to live with, I still feel truly Blessed. For a while, I wasn't happy with the way I looked after my surgery, nor the pain and complications I still have to live with daily. But one day I decided to snap out of it. I thought about the individuals, especially children, who at times can't leave the hospitals due to all the treatments, they are so young and haven't quite lived yet, and others who no longer among us. I also realize that there will always be someone worse off than I am, so who am I to complain, "I still have my life".

One day during one of my many surgeries, I experienced something so real, so peaceful, that I knew I had to write it down. I turned my experience into a poem and I called it "Peace". I took that poem, along with many others I had written during my Breast cancer period and placed it into book form. I was blessed enough to have it published and I recently completed another one titled, “Cancer, Yet Cancer again, but I Will not Die, before I'm Dead”. I titled it that because, that's exactly how I felt when I heard the word cancer, I thought right away that my cancer diagnose was truly a death sentence, because you're not sure if you're going to make it or not. 

I've learned not to blink twice on life anymore and to live it to the fullest. Through my tragedies and all that I had to endure, it all became an awakening for me, in which I received and gain all the strength and encouragement I needed to conquer.

K Rice   Standing Pose August 2019

I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy or a horrible disease as cancer, it's for a reason, you have a purpose. And I want to live and find out exactly what that is for me. Right now, all I have is to share my experience, my faith and hope with others. The experiences I've had to endure is what gave me insight to form the words of my poems. With the words and phrases of each poem of statement, I wish to make a positive impact on someone who's ill or otherwise hurting, hoping it gives them the strength to embrace their life in a whole new way. I'm a true example that you can survive cancer, not once, but twice, as long as you get to it in time. 

I'm not saying that it will be easy, and I'm not saying you won't have fears of recurrence, because you will, which is no way to live, but it happens; and I'm certainly not saying all will survive it, but just have faith, fight with all you have, then hold on.
God Bless!

Karen Rice
Two-time Cancer Survivor

Karen Rice is a two time cancer survivor who advocates for those still in treatment by sharing her story.

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