I'm about to say something that you may or may not want to hear:
I gained more from getting cancer than I lost.
I know this isn't every cancer patient's story. I know that, believe me I do. And seriously, no disrespect intended here.
But for me, it's true. Getting cancer sucked (it really did) but in many ways, my life has gotten so much better as a result. I've found new purpose and meaning, the ability to tell people "No", a new spark in my marriage, and made so many new friends who also were diagnosed. Getting cancer sparked this comic, which has connected me to thousands of people who have been comforted by it.
I'm much more relaxed. I'm happier, and I embrace TODAY like never before.
Before getting cancer, I was overworked, cranky, and struggling to find what I wanted out of life and grasping at straws. I was in therapy due to stress; and while I don't believe my job gave me cancer, it most certainly exacerbated the symptoms.
Getting cancer knocked me out of my old story and put me in a new one. And I'm better for it.
In fact, I was so refreshed by getting out of my old life about my new story that a part of me was nervous about life cancer free. Would I go back to the old me? That cancerous life?
But here I am: cancer free, and I feel awesome. My life is such an adventure.
And it's a joy to share it with you.