The Big C: Wrapped in a Ribbon

Jan 29, 2020
Written by
Chisomo N Msoffe
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"When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” - Tony Robbins

Cancer can simply be a horoscope, or it can a scary diagnosis that your doctor shares with you or a loved one. In some way, we all know a family member, friend or acquaintance who has been affected by this disease.

Cancer is defined by Cancer.gov as, “diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade nearby tissues. Cancer cells can also spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.” (NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, n.d.)

A cancer diagnosis can be earth-shattering for many, but the attitude we have can help create a different narrative. What if we could look at cancer as a challenge to build a warrior mentality and to re-prioritize what’s important to us. I don’t think a cancer diagnosis should automatically be seen as bad and as something with a negative outlook for the future. It will be a tough battle ahead, yes, but you have been equipped with the greatest fighting weapon of all and that is your FAITH!

Doctors are around to help you but you can not be helpless. Remember that you are also a part of the fight, whether as a patient or a support system for someone else.

What if we looked at cancer as something that conjures up the strength that we did not know was possible prior, and creates a deeper appreciation for the things that matter. No one has ever wished for this beast we call cancer, but many survivors learn so much more than survival; they learn the strength they carry from within.

If you are a cancer survivor, fighting cancer, or a support system to someone with cancer, always know that each emotion you are feeling is valid. It's okay to have bad days, but always remember to conjure the strength from within because you were created to shine your light, even in the darkest of times.

Let’s show cancer that you can kick it’s ass, and shine,sparkle and glow all at once.

“Courage doesn’t mean your afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Unknown

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