I’ve heard the phrase “Cancer is a gift” and it stirs up strong emotions in me. Personally, I think that phrase is a stretch, as I typically think of a gift as something that is enjoyable and positive, rather than terrifying and painful.
As I try to understand a variety of people’s view points and coping mechanisms surrounding the cancer journey, I can appreciate that for the glass half full people, cancer may provide the gift of space for reflection, connection, and an opportunity for a renewed investment in spirituality. Cancer may also provide the gift of a push to make a long awaited career change, change of life style, or facilitate an opportunity for reparation. No matter the lens through which I view cancer, I will keep my thoughts on whether it is a gift or not to myself, and strive to support the journey of those personally impacted by cancer – gift or farthest thing from it.