Tuesday, March 24, 2009
What would YOU say to Cancer?

Cancer, you're one sneaky person. You have no respect for race, age, person, wealth, religious affiliation, or personal habits. You didn't care that I didn't smoke, ate well, exercised, or had a household to care for.

You stole years off of my life, destroyed my veins as well as portions of my memory and cognition. You terrorized my parents, my husband, my children, family and friends. You made my 35th birthday one of the worst (and best) days of my life. Because of you, I may never live a day free of pain. You're relentless and cruel.

I, however, have news for you.

You loose.

See, you could come back tomorrow and it wouldn't matter, because I know that, no matter what, a better world awaits me, complete with a whole, perfect, pain and cancer-free body.

You loose, because, for now, every gain I make is a triumph. Each time I lift more weight, run or bike farther; each time I cook a meal for my family, clean a room, or do a load of laundry, you loose.

You loose because I don't take life for granted. I know that every birthday--mine or anothers', every hug from my children, every kiss from my husband or cup of coffee with a friend is a gift.

You loose, because I know in Whose hands my life is held, and it isn't yours.

What would you say to Cancer?

  posted at 9:40 AM  

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Happy Birthday, dear, sweet friend. I miss you so much everyday but today especially!! I wish I could bake you a cake (it wouldn't taste as good as the one you're making) and take you out to coffee...and a million other things!! My life is so much richer for you having been in it. I hope your year is blessed, and I pray every day that there are many many more years to come. I love you!!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Coffee Snob said...

Happy 37th! May you have many more joy-filled birthdays this side of Heaven, with family, friends, and assorted acquaintances!

At 2:03 PM, Blogger squirrelgirl said...

Happy, Happy Birthday. We love you.

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Amy Wallace said...

You make me cry, dear friend, with your beautiful words and deep wisdom. Thank you for continually making me better because I know you.

Happy birthday too!!!

At 3:52 AM, Blogger kt said...

Happy belated Birthday.

At 2:47 PM, Blogger DJP said...

What would I say?

(Not said humorously):

"My name is Dan Phillips. You killed my father. Prepare to die."


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