• What Has Cancer Given You

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Friday, April 26, 2013

    What Has Cancer Given You

    Weird Question? Before I was diagnosed, I knew cancer was out there. It has never affected anyone in my family so I never really thought much about it. Now that I've had it and gone through chemo, I think I am more aware and it surprises me how many people that I know that it has affected. If anything, I think cancer has given me compassion and a eagerness to do what I can to try and help someone else. What has cancer given you?

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Neuropathy, a new hair style (yes! I'm obsessing about my hair!), lots of friends on this site, a realization that I am not as big a wimp as I thought I was. I lost 3 out of 4 grandparents, plus a step grandfather to cancer. I just don't remember any of them going through chemo or radiation. Of course the first was 1968 and the last was 1976 -- big difference from today.

      over 4 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      Hey Tickling Cancer...I am 2 years in remission and I spent a while being pretty XXX off about the cancer. I would say that now I am grateful to be a part of a community that supports one another with no judgement, all cancer survivors just want to beat cancer and raise awareness! I try my best to spread a message of HOPE, because I was so close to death...and I am still here!

      over 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      It woke me up to priorities and what is important in life. I'm still planning for the future, but I take time to enjoy the here and now a lot more because cancer brought it home to me that I really don't have that much control over my destiny. I'm better at my job, better at choosing my friends and better at being the person I want to be remembered as. Cancer was a wake up call.

      over 4 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      I'd say it hasn't given me a XXX thing. I'm too mad at it! I say [email redacted] cancer!

      over 4 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      cancer does SUCK...but we are STRONG for sure to still be here!

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      HMR, I felt that way after my third diagnosis, I was mad at it, at life, at everyone. That was a stage for me that lasted about 2 months. Then I went and seen my doctor for the first time, when he told me this wasn't going to be a problem to tackle, I had a change of heart. I went into fight it, beat it mode. Then after I was done, I started to see what TC is talking about. I asked all the family to come over for the first holiday after I was done with treatment, we started a tradition that is never going to die. I appreciate the small things and now I know how important the big things are. I bet if you give it time and think about it, you will find that cancer has taken something from you, but probably left you something too.

      over 4 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      Cancer has given me a voice. At times where I have been too shy to give my input, I've overcome that shyness. My thoughts are as valid as anyone elses. Cancer has also given me the superpower of making others laugh .. and yes, even at cancer, and expecially at myself. I hope that what my friends have learned from me is that life is good, even life with cancer is good. we've all got blessings and we've all got a curse, butI'lm happy to keep it as mine, because I wouldn't wish it on anyone else. It has also taught me not to type under the influence of Ambian, but some nights, like tonight, I ignore that lesson!

      over 4 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I am pretty much the same as you. Before I was diagnosed, I didn't know anyone with cancer and all I knew about it was what I learned in my biology classes. Now I've found several other people I know also have cancer. It makes me absolutely want to go into some sort of cancer field, maybe research (not sure about medicine). Once I'm finished with my treatment, I want to volunteer, probably driving patients to and from chemo.

      over 4 years ago
    • debshephard's Avatar

      On a lighter note- cancer has given us a BOATLOAD of "GET WELL" cards ! Since the diagnosis in February we have been getting them every day- filling up all our countertops and shelves- every spare inch of space !! I have every one out where he can see them and take heart every day. If cards and gifts and love from family and friends alone could could cure my husband he would be 100% cured :) We never knew how much people could care and are awed and humbled...we sure appreciate these people more than ever before (even his brother's ex sent a card!)

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      What a good question.
      Cancer has given me a more extroverted approach to life, including being willing to be a bit foolish or rather playful. I will talk with strangers, particularly those at the treatment center. I am more open with friends and family about what is going on in my head and heart. I am more adventurous (- whaaat is it going to do, Kill me?) Finally and most importantly, I am more grateful and trusting of God and others.

      over 4 years ago
    • raysmom's Avatar

      My initial answer to this question is that cancer has given me fear and anxiety has to how we will be able to fight this emotionally and financially. That being said, a positive thing cancer has given me is a renewed respect for how short life can be and a reminder of how much I love my son. I'd do anything for him, including taking his cancer from him and fighting the battle myself in his place if I could. It's not a weird question, btw! God Bless and speedy recovery!

      over 4 years ago

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