“This is Maggie. I’ve seen Maggie five days a week for what seems like forever. We have a love hate relationship. I love her because she’s part of the life saving treatment I’m receiving. It’s astounding how far we have come with technology. One day, Maggie will be retired and the cure will be found. Things like immunotherapy are the future but for now…. it’s me and Maggie. I’m seeing her twice tomorrow so that I can wrap this phase up faster. Goodnight sweet Maggie. See ya tomorrow.” #cancerslayer
Nobody can possibly know what a person with cancer personally goes through, unless they themselves have fought the fight or stood closely with a loved one who has. The world becomes smaller and more defined into second-by-second, moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month … and every clock-tick one more blessing and victory. How you mentally deal with your unique and singular reality is a huge part of your defense. While the chemo and radiation and even surgeries are horrendous they are your allies. Even though they seem like unfriendly brutal bullies beating you down you know you are on the same side in the same terrible war.
I personally have known more than one person who had told me their cancer was a “blessing”.
See? You cannot accept that, can you? Something that makes you so sick and weak and terrified … Something that tries to wreck your entire life while threatening you with death … A “blessing” and not a ‘curse’??!!?
However, it is what you discover about yourself and the world that gives you that humanity-age-old question on “What is the meaning of life?” However, it is in a language that you cannot fully translate and convey to everyone else. And whether you win or lose the battle you have, for eternity, won a Holy Grail and you are the keeper of that ‘truth’.
My continued prayers for Shannen Doherty and her persistent enduring strength in this long and arduous battle she is fighting with her army of angels, family, friends, medical people, and technology. I thank her for bravely sharing this journey through her social media posts and the generous news stories. I am inspired and impressed to tears. Her beauty is deep within her brilliant soul. God bless her and her family.