WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU BY SYNDI POWELL
We've all heard the phrase "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." When the doctor says the word "cancer" though, you start to question the truth of that. Or at least I did.I figured there was no way that fighting and surviving that dreaded disease could bring anything but disaster and sorrow. I'm happy to say that I was wrong.
I learned a lot about myself and life because of cancer. I discovered that I'm stronger than I give myself credit for. That washing your hair can be a gift. That I took my body and all it can do for granted. That friends who volunteered to help and actually showed up were rare and precious. That faith isn't just something you believe, but something you have to do. That good doctors who fight for their patients should be given medals, but rarely do.
In my new series, the Hope Center Stories, I tell the stories of three women who learn lessons from their bouts with cancer as well. They might have planned their lives to go a certain way, but all those plans go by the wayside when cancer enters the picture. It affects not only them, but their families and friends around them. Friendships are tested. Priorities are questioned. And life in all its abundance is found.
I know that I had my life pictured one way, but the cancer diagnosis brought about a catharsis that refined me and gave birth to a new vision of who I am and what I want. Have you ever had a situation that changed who you were? Did something happen to you that might have meant to harm you, but brought you something good instead? Please share your story here.