• "Not quite what I was planning." is an example of a six-word memoir.  Anyone else care to share one?

    Asked by gwendolyn on Friday, January 11, 2013

    "Not quite what I was planning." is an example of a six-word memoir.  Anyone else care to share one?

    I enjoyed people's sincere and creative replies to TC's "five words to cancer" challenge last month.  I found it surprisingly cathartic.  

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      "Just a little bump in the road"

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Just noticed that I used 7 words...lol. Well, I guess I can't count either. I'll just chalk this one up to "chemo brain"

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Didn't believe in luck. Then cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Just another day in the fight

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Do not sweat the small stuff (i.e., I've learned to be more thankful and appreciative for what I have including friends and family.)

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      "Chemo, Scans, Genetic Testing, and Me"

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Be careful what you ask for!!!

      Before I was Dx, I wanted to get through menopause and loose 10# by my 50th birthday....well I got through menopause, lost around 20# and celebrated my 50th birthday 3 months after I was Dx with BC!!!! It wasn't how I planned, but I got what I asked for!!!! Next month will be 7 years since I heard those dreaded words....

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Cancer sucks, cancer sucks, cancer sucks

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      A bunch of minor inconveniences.
      TC that leaves one word for the extra one you needed.

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Victory through the power of prayer!

      over 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      Take THAT, cancer! I choose life.

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      "Live each day to the fullest."

      over 4 years ago
    • Elle's Avatar

      I love myself even more now.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Christopher Hutchins' Mortality. Caveat - He died from his cancer, and was a staunch atheist til the end. I enjoyed his morbid humor and keen insights.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      "Why me? No, why not me?"

      Let me explain. After being diagnosed with cancer I met up with my radiation therapist and he went over the details of my treatment. He even told me about the emotional stages I would go through. He said one of the first would include me asking myself "Why me?" I however couldn't get "Why not me?" out of my head. I had grown up hearing inspirational stories about people who had overcome enormous challenges in their life. People born with missing limbs who had overcome physical limitations. Kids who had gone through physical abuse as kids and still came out on the positive side as adults, wanting to make a difference. My aunt had told me about a woman she takes care of. This woman had suffered an accident as a toddler. She was in her crawling stage and her mother accidentally dropped a pot of boiling water on her. The little girl was rushed to the ER and suffered really bad burns which left her disfigured. Due to the accident she also had a lot of health issues. She was taken from her mother for unknown reasons and placed for foster care. She grew up in the foster care system. She did marry and had kids. But even now in her seventies she has to go for dialysis twice a week, because if she stops going she will die.

      I think about her and I wonder if I would have been able to be strong enough to get through everything she has. I think about my life and I realized how blessed I have been. I'm not saying it has been perfect but I did have a happy childhood, loving parents, roof over my head, food on the table. I have all my limbs and hadn't had any health issues prior to my diagnosis. So I have thought, "Why not me?", what makes me so special? I'm not saying I or anyone deserves cancer. No one deserves cancer, but I look at it this way, if this "cancer" is my challenge, my trial to go through, then so be it. I will get through this. With God by my side I will get through this. I will fight to live because life is worth fighting for.

      Sorry for the super long explanation.

      over 4 years ago

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