• Best thing that happened during your Cancer fight

    Asked by cllinda on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Best thing that happened during your Cancer fight

    We can all give pages of the terrible stuff that happens while going through cancer treatments. But what was something positive that happened during treatment that surprised you?

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      My tumors responded to the drug in the clinical trial. I had no idea I would benefit from participating. That was one of the biggest and best surprises yet.

      (I can fill way more pages with positive things than negative since learning I have cancer.)

      4 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I learned that no matter what life wanted to throw at me, it's just another day and nothing much phases me. Bring it.

      4 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      I found out that I was as strong as I thought I was, and more. I also tend to value time much more than I did before. I didn't take it for granted in the past, but every outing with my kids wasn't something I considered meaningful either. I know I am lucky for all of the time I have.

      4 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I learned not to let the negativity that I faced at work everyday bother me. I also learned that I have or had people in my life who were willing to do everything they could to help me and let me know how much I meant to them. I also learned to appreciate what and who I have in my life.

      4 months ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      Had the very best surgeon,Radiation dept was a good place .The staff was helpful and there for you.I liked my oncologist I had .The last time I need to see her was last week, unless there's an emergency that come's up.

      4 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I learned how much the support of old college and high school friends can help you keep "plugging" along when it's a year of treatment. They rallied around me and kept me pumped up with messages of love and hope.

      And secondly, that my medical team truly cared about my outcome. They all gave hugs at the the appropriate times.

      4 months ago
    • Horselady46's Avatar
      Horselady46

      I learned that life is precious and to enjoy what I have and family, friends and my animals.

      4 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I learned I'm not as big a wuss as I always thought I was. Plus I got to join this web site and play w/y'all.

      4 months ago
    • Maryflier's Avatar
      Maryflier

      Life is precious, don’t sweat the small stuff.

      4 months ago
    • sheri56's Avatar
      sheri56

      The loving and caring people I met along the way....doctors, nurses, staff at radiation center, physical therapists, support group leaders and participants, receptionists, the gal who helped me get my prothesis and mastectomy bra (who I continue to visit once a year, 9 years later). The list goes on and on and on. My cancer angels!

      4 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I leaned, once again , how important family ties are. Once close to my brother-in-law - law and sister in-laws, my husband and I allowed years and at times physical distance ( they moved to Chicago, we live in California) to diminish the relationship . When they eventually moved back to California, we rarely communicated. When I was diagnosed, as luck or fate would have it, they lived only a short distance from my cancer center. Immediately upon hearing of my cancer diagnosis, they opened their home to us. After treatments we often stayed the night , making the long travel home much easier. Today, five years after frontline, our relationship continues strong. We visit with them once a month, going out to dinner, and catching up on each other’s lives.

      4 months ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar
      leslie48240

      Mostly attitude toward life. I really appreciate everything so much more...even things that may have annoyed me before. Everything became something I might have lost. Only down side is that I have VERY little patience for people who are being all dramatic about stuff that doesn't matter in the big picture. They haven't been 'awakened'...lol

      4 months ago
    • Angelaine's Avatar
      Angelaine

      I rank Trusting God in all things, as the greatest and the best thing I know. I also found supportive and lifelong friends, they surrounded me totally. The most unexpected thing is I learned to stand up for myself and demand second opinions, file complaints, and look at all avenues with knowledge.

      4 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I learned I have some amazing people in my life. Especially my family. I also learned I am a lot stronger than I thought.

      Also one really cool thing happened while working on my bucket list. I went to Atlanta to see the Braves play in their new stadium. I have always been a huge Brian Jordan fan and by being in the right place at the right time I got to meet him. That was pretty exciting.

      4 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Cancer is on my list of the 10 best things that ever happened to me. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was 10 days away from a carefully planned suicide. I would make my death look like an accident. But when I was told I had 4-9 months I thought well I can let cancer do the job. Then my nephew stepped in with one of his patients being a Dr. doing a new surgery and living became a matter of family pride. Cancer gave me a reason to live. I also learned how to allow my children to love me. I also found a new spirituality

      4 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I benefited from the skills and dedication of the medical team at MSK. And through one of their post-treatment groups for women, I met three people with whom I’m still friends, many years later.

      I learned that if I ever again need a wig, I should NOT get one with straight blonde hair! Definitely not me.

      4 months ago

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