Okay, I have now been told several times in this last week that "I look good for being through my first two rounds of chemo." I have a confession - I think part of it is learning some new make-up techniques at a class titled "Look Good, Feel Better" for chemo therapy patients.
However, I think the other factor is keeping a positive attitude. There is absolutely no doubt, cancer is scary. Cancer is hard. However, I have taken the attitude from the very beginning that I can go through this happy, or sad, but I'm going through it either way, and happy makes it easier.
I have had some wonderful help along the way though as well. I am going to share some of those things that have helped me here. You don't have to be going through cancer to benefit from these little inspirational thoughts and sayings.
The first is a poem on a card that my coworkers gave to me the day I was headed into my biopsy. It's a poem that can be commonly found on the internet called "The Oak Tree" by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.
The Oak Tree
A mighty wind blew night and day.
It stole the Oak Tree's leaves away.
Then snapped its boughs
and pulled its bark
until the Oak was tired and stark.
But still the Oak Tree held its ground
while other trees fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
"How can you still be standing Oak?"
The Oak Tree said, I know that you
can break each branch of mine in two,
carry every leaf away,
shake my limbs and make me sway.
But I have roots stretched in the earth
growing stronger since my birth.
You'll never touch them, for you see
they are the deepest part of me.
Until today, I wasn't sure
of just how much I could endure.
But now I've found with thanks to you,
I'm stronger than I ever knew.
A wonderful organization called "Can Do Cancer" (which I highly recommend) provided me with two cards that also gave me inspiration. Here is the sayings from one of those cards - it is attributed to "Gretchen, 2016."
Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go.
Just remember how far you have come.
Remember the Trials you have faced
All the battles you have won
And all the FEARS you have OVERCOME!
I'll share some more tidbits of inspiration in the coming days in some other blog posts. Just remember, now matter what you are going through, having a positive attitude helps! God is Good, ALL THE TIME. He is here with you no matter what you are going through.