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READ, REFLECT, SHARE IF YOU WISH.
I am not alone. I can seek out others who care. I can establish a support network for myself.
There are people who would benefit from knowing me, just as I would benefit from knowing them.
After 6 1/2 years of battling cancer, and still receiving chemo every other week, you'd think I'd be sick and tired of it all. As strange as it sounds, and only another cancer survivor can really understand, in a way I look forward to going to the clinic every other week. It's not the toxic waste that I look forward to, but the relationships I've developed over the years with my doctor, his staff and the other patients. The clinic that I go to has a very successful support group, Flying Colors, that my wife and I are very close to. Every other Friday, my wife and I enjoy sharing our stories and experiences with everyone, and spend time talking with the staff and other patients, both old-timers and newcomers. The experiences and support we receive from others helps us with our journey, as I hope we are able to share with others receiving treatments. There are many times that other patients think my wife is part of the staff as she floats around the treatment room making people laugh (usually at my expense) or listening to their concerns and fears. We will always be grateful that we can be a part of a sharing and caring group of people. There are many good support groups available, at the cancer clinics, on-line, at church and among family and friends. It's important to not ignore the elephant in the living room, but to confront cancer head-on so that we can live the lives that are meant for us.