Family. A simple word, but a word with meaning beyond that. Family has a huge impact on the lives of cancer patients. Family can be supportive or
can make a difficult situation even more difficult. I am lucky to have a large supportive family. During my diagnosis, treatments and surgeries I always had positive people surrounding me. I was dealing with a tremendously stressful situation and I had the love and support from my family.
I never felt alone during my treatments. It was a lot less scary facing what was ahead of me when I knew how much love I had and how many people were praying for me and wishing me well. My cancer diagnosis was nine years ago and recently I found a box of cards and letters that were sent to me. I counted 150. There were cards from co-workers, friends, friends of friends, and pictures drawn by my daughters kindergarten class. There letters and pictures made me remember how a simple card can make the difference in a person’s life. When someone takes the time to send a card or write a letter it shows that they believe you will get better and that being sick is just a bump in the road. I also consider my fellow survivors a family – a family of fighters who no matter what never gave up.