• Do you feel like you've been given a second chance?

    Asked by Boogerman on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Do you feel like you've been given a second chance?

    After still being here after having two types of cancer, I feel like I am being given a second chance. Now I don't know what to do with it.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      I believe that everything happens for an ultimate reason. We may never know that reason, but that is immaterial as I see it. After one cancer, a relapse, a second relapse, two cancers then three cancers simultaneously (PTCL-NOS, AITL, 20q Del MDS), I know what blessings I have received. An infectious disease doctor told me last year that I am a 1/2 per-center. Defeating a 99.5% chance of succumbing over the past 10 years, I am delighted to be anywhere.

      29 days ago
    • ddeangelis' Avatar
      ddeangelis

      Boogerman: I feel like I am the 1%...the 1% that can beat lung cancer. After 6 tumors in my lung and one tumor in my hip, my latest CT scan showed that I only have one tumor remaining in my lung. I was on chemo for a year and Opdivo immunotherapy for 16 months. For once I am so hopeful. But through it all, I never gave up and have been living life to the fullest. God will take me when he feels it is time. Until then, I'm enjoying life.

      29 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      Cancer is surely a wake-up call. I believe that many of us become more compassionate and more considerate once we've been on the "other side" for a while.

      I am a Stage IV rectal cancer survivor, and I know that I received a miracle and I try to make the most of every day.

      If you're struggling to find yourself again, think back to those young man hopes and dreams that you had. Begin the hobby you've put off. Volunteer at your favorite non-profit. Mentor a young person. Write a book. Nurture the inner child that is within you. Best wishes.

      29 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have felt that way at times, other times I think I was just strong enough to get through it myself and there was nothing else involved. So I guess I feel both ways about it.

      29 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      So, who or what gave us a second chance?
      Good genes, strong constitution, or maybe an excellent doctor?

      29 days ago
    • ddeangelis' Avatar
      ddeangelis

      Molly72: You are SO right on all three counts! Thanks!

      29 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      I've given this question a lot of thought. I do believe I've been given a 2nd chance and others along the way of 12 years. I was not cognizant of much after my first surgery. However, each and every doctor that was involved with my surgery, one by one, within a couple of weeks all used the word "miracle" to my family - just to have survived the surgery itself. Everything that could happen did happen, yet, 10 weeks later I was able to come home. I am not a religious zealot by any means, however, I do now believe in "divine intervention". I have my limitations but do everything that I am able to do and enjoy life as much as I can. Sure, I miss being able to do certain things - but I'm here and I am satisfied with my life.

      28 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I think my life is much better now than before i was diagnosed. I spend a lot of time advocating for lung cancer awareness and lung cancer funding. But, i also spend a ton of time with my family and friends.

      I am very satisfied with my life.

      @andreacha, i am very faithful and this experience has deepened my faith. I definitely do believe in divine intervention. And, i am very glad you experienced in your life and are still here with us!

      28 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      LiveWithCancer - Thanks you so much. That meant a lot to me.

      27 days ago

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