Topic: December 2005
There are at least 3 people that, probably unknown to them, inspired me to get through my chemo; and more importantly to try to get through as a fighter and inspiration myself. All three have dealth with cancer in their way. First is Denise's mom. She was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and wasn't as lucky as I have been and lost her battle in September.
Whenever I would want to quit or give up, or just lay in bed and feel sorry for myself, I would think of her and how she would want me to fight; how she fought very hard.
She was a strong woman, raised her three kids on her own; did a great job and was a very giving person to everyone. Recently while unpacking my stuff, I found a card I received from her in June, offering her comfort and words of concern over my recent cancer diagnosis.
Who knew that only 3 short months later, her own fight would end. I know she certainly didn't. Wow, we really can't predict our futures.
My other inspiration has been Margaret. She is a cancer survivor - 2.5 years. She keeps in almost daily contact with me with words of support and wisdom. Always cheering me on. Although I did not know her during her treatments; she is a very strong woman, very caring, full of grace and dignity, something I aspire to. Because of her, I wanted to carry on, be an example that cancer is NOT something where we should curl up and give in, but live our lives. I live my life, the cancer does not live it for me! And to do it with care, compassion, and grace.
And finally, this is kinda weird one; but Lance Armstrong. Because now I get it... I get the focus and determination he has on his rides. I get it, you have that same focus and determination when going through chemo. He was young, full of cancer, and plowed through it, and he's still plowing through his goals and dreams. You gotta keep on going! Reach for the stars, never give in; set your sites ever higher.