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As a cancer survivor, or as I prefer to say thriver, I often used to cringe when people would look at me and say, “Boy, you’re really brave to be going through all this.”
I’d stand there, with no hair or a lop-sided wig, have dark circles under my eyes the size of plums, be feeling generally lousy and would look at them in astonishment.
“How can I be brave when all I’m doing is what I have to do to stay alive? If I don’t do this I’ll die. That’s not bravery, that’s a no-brainer!”
It wasn’t until recently, however, that I heard a line in a film, which changed my mind forever. It wasn’t even a gloriously thought-provoking film, just some easy going romantic comedy.
But it hit me like a bullet.
“Bravery is knowing what’s ahead of you and doing it anyway.”
It’s knowing what’s ahead and going through with it anyway? Wow!
As a cancer patient, I know what’s ahead. If it’s chemotherapy, it’s hair loss, extreme fatigue, perhaps vomiting and diarrhea, loss of feeling in hands and feet, stiffness, joint pain, lack of appetite.
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