This month is a time of celebration for me. It’s not my birthday, or a wedding anniversary. It is even better than that! 12 months ago, I was diagnosed with a melanoma.
It seems like yesterday when I received the phone call. My husband and I have yearly health checks, and I have had moles removed from my body before, so I wasn’t overly concerned with what could have been. However, I wasn’t really prepared for that phone call when I was told I needed to come in the next day to have further surgery.
It is quite amazing the effect one word can have on you – cancer…it puts fear among most of us. I have had nursing experience, so I knew that people can and do survive cancer, but that first day I walked around in a daze. I just wanted the growth cut out of my foot, and then I would begin to heal.
My children were all overseas traveling at the time, so I made the decision not to tell them until I knew the prognosis. This was probably harder to deal with than my healing. I was determined that this was not going to beat me, so after a few weeks on crutches, and daily trips to the doctor for dressings for 6 weeks, my wound started to heal.
Interestingly enough, my daughter phoned me about a week after my second surgery to let me know she had booked her return flight home. She had a dream that I was diagnosed with cancer, and I needed her. I don’t know how to explain that one…….I think I will leave that for a whole new article.
It was during this time, when I couldn’t walk around, and certainly was unable to go to the gym that I spent a great deal of my energy on healing my body. Meditation was a fantastic tool for me to help my body and my spirit heal, and it was a reminder that life is short, and it shouldn’t be wasted.
My diagnosis of cancer could have been a perfect excuse for me not to keep working on the things I enjoy, but I will not let an illness or disease stop me living every day as a special day.
Are there things in your life that you have allowed to be excuses and reasons why you haven’t achieved?
Yesterday I posted on the Mind Recipes Facebook page a video of a young 31 year old man who had half his tongue and all his lymph nodes removed after being diagnosed with tongue cancer. He was told that he probably would not be able to speak properly for at least 3-4 years, and would never be able to sing again. Yet, 15 months after his surgery he appeared on the auditions of the X Factor, and sang beautifully.
Does this say something about the determination and drive of people to continue doing what they love, no matter what the odds. There is no guarantee his cancer, or mine will not return, but I am not wasting my time lamenting what could be, and am busy working on what is and where I want to be.
Life is a miracle – one that many of us take for granted. Fortunately I have had a reminder that our life on this earth is limited, and there is no way that I will waste my time worrying about petty thoughts or unimportant occurrences.
Live your daily life with pleasure – enjoy the moments, and look back with happy memories. I will look forward to many more yearly celebrations of this month. My celebration of life and inspiration!