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I’m a disgruntled Metro-North commuter by morning, real estate journalist by day, insomniac by night, and cancer butt-kicker for life.

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It’s Not the End of the World

A Writer’s Book of Days (01/12) – Write About Acceptable Losses

If anyone knows about acceptable losses, it’s cancer patients. We accept sacrifices we normally might not embrace in order to survive. We lose our hair. We lose our fertility. We lose our energy. We lose our appetite. We lose our inhibitions. We lose our fear of speaking up. We lose some dreams. We sometimes lose people in our lives frightened by our diagnosis. We trudge on.

It’s not just hearing, “You’re in remission” that makes us survivors. Sure, we beat some abnormal cells in our bodies. But we’ve survived more physically, mentally, and emotionally than you can imagine. We’re stronger people than you might think.

But more important than the losses is what we’ve gained. A new appreciation for life and your body. A new understanding of beauty. The realization that life is short and we need to get things done now. That new dreams can be made. That you’ll find people who will build you up, hold you close, and not let go.

It’s a new lease on life. Accept it, embrace it, and all good things will be yours.

One Response to It’s Not the End of the World

  • Amen! I was looking at some photos my husband took of me during my first round of chemo and I couldn’t help but wonder who that girl was. I looked so much younger then but I’m glad that I’m not that person anymore. I like the person chemo forced me to become.

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