1. The world uses BC & AD for the pre-Christian and Christian era. Could I take the liberty of dividing a cancer survivor’s life into two periods, too, BC (Before Cancer) & AD (After Diagnosis)? Would that make sense, considering cancer’s impact on a person’s life?
The impact of cancer on one’s life is huge but when you are a survivor you should consider yourself blessed and thankful for the wake-up call, the blessing in disguise, the second chance at life! I know a lot of people are going to think I’m crazy for saying that. But my diagnosis was, without a doubt, a blessing in disguise. It made me see what is truly important in life, which paled in comparison to what I deemed important prior to my diagnosis. So YES, BC and AC absolutely make sense.
2. Tell me three things you started doing, and three things you stopped doing after cancer knocked on your door.
a. I started trusting and believing more in God, I discovered the power of prayer.
b. I started to be more forgiving
c. I started loving myself
a. I stopped stressing and holding on to things that are out of my control
b. I stopped having so much anger
c. I stopped putting myself on guilt trips
3. What was your first thought and feelings when the doctor told you that you were diagnosed with cancer, when you started the first chemotherapy, and right now some years after that tough time?
My first thought was that I did not want to tell anyone. I didn’t feel sorry for myself. I especially didn’t want any of my loved ones (family and friends) to be devastated and saddened by the news. I was on a mission to be strong for them! Therefore I would comfort them and make them laugh, telling them not to worry because cancer messed with the wrong person. It brought me joy to see their smiles and their laughter. It gave me the strength to keep fighting.
Then came my first chemotherapy session. A totally unknown world. I did not know what to expect, especially since I was putting poison into my body. I had no idea how it would affect me. That’s when I cried, broke down, and felt scared for the very first time.
Now I stop and smell the flowers. I try to enjoy this beautiful gift that is called life as much as I can. I am grateful….. for life itself and the people in my life, the people that kept me strong. I am blessed!
4. If you had Harry Potter’s magic wand to use it only once for a change in this world, what would you do? Who would you like to reveal to you the secret spell to make that happen?
I would put more love in people’s hearts. I would love to receive this secret spell from Jesus Christ who, in essence, is love.
5. Which color is your favorite? You must write something on a piece of paper using that color, and mail it to every single person in this world. What would you write?
I don’t have one favorite color. I like several colors because of the various effects they have on people and on earth. I know that the phrase I would send to everyone is “All you need is love”. I find that the only suitable color for this would be red since red is the universal symbolic color for love.
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