I've been dealing with cancer and chemotherapy for the last four years. While I can't say I'm glad I have cancer, there have been several benefits. It has brought my family closer together. It has taught me how to love them better. I am keenly aware of what is most important to me. I let the love for my family guide my actions much more so now. When I found out I would be receiving yet another round of chemo that would result it loosing my hair, I decided it was time for some family photographs.
I told my 10 year old daughter I would have to start some new chemo soon. She asked me: Are you going to die? I said no. She then asked me: Are you going to die sooner than if you never had cancer? I told her yes, probably so. We talked about it for a long while, then she made me this card:
Your LIFE card
Your LIFE is fascinating, You're:
Stupendous, your LIFE is good
Terrific, your LIFE is rad
Awesome, your LIFE has hope
Cool, your LIFE has adventure
Your LIFE means a lot to me.
I'll do everything I can to help you.
I know that someday you won't be with us any more,
but I will make the best of it while you are still here.
I love you no matter what.
but, your still you! You're my Mom and the best one!
An expression of pure love. Family. There is no greater love.