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Karen R.
Karen's e-mail:
  mimsrice77@netzero.com
Breast and Colon Cancer

An Awakening?????????????

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, I reacted like most. The first thing came to mind was “a death sentence”. However, I found out later it was truly “an awakening” for me; even after being diagnosed with colon cancer a few years later, and still here to tell about them both. I began questioning God. Why would he do this to me? What had I done so badly in life to have this placed upon me? But instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to look for the positive side. There has to be a reason for all of this.

I also realized that I was about to face a new beginning, new hope, do and see more with a whole new prospective on life. When I think of the “gift of life” that was given to me, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. Even with all the complications I now have to live with, I still feel truly blessed. For a while, I wasn’t happy with the way I look after my surgery, nor the pain I had to endure each day, but I decided to snap out of it. I thought of the individuals that are no longer among us. I also realized that there will always be someone worse off than I am. I reminded myself, “I still have my life” and who am I to complain?

One day I experienced something of a miracle and felt the compulsion to write it down. I turn that experience into a poem and called it “Peace”. I took that poem, along with many others I had composed during my breast cancer period and placed them into book form. Writing had become therapy for me. I was blessed enough to have that book published and it’s titled “True Simple Poems of Life, Faith and Survival”. I’m hoping that anyone who has the opportunity to read my poems get out of them, what I placed in all of them. My poems are from the heart, as real as any could ever be. With the words and phrases of each poem of statement, I wish to make a positive impact on others similarly affected with tragedy and life threatening conditions. I hope it gives them the strength to embrace life in a whole new way.

I never anticipated becoming a writer, I just became one. I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy or a horrible disease such as cancer, it’s for a reason, “you have a purpose” and I want to live to find out exactly what that is for me. I recently had another inspirational children’s book published, and it’s titled “If Only I Could Fly, said Mattie-bee” and I’m working on my third. I would have never become a writer, producing inspirational stories, if I had not gone through all that I did. I’m a true example that you can survive cancer, not one, but twice, providing you catch it in time. I’m not saying that it will all be easy, but you must have faith and allow that faith to direct your path. My experiences with cancer made me a true believer!

Karen R.

Karen's e-mail:  mimsrice77@netzero.com

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