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Healing Through Cancer: A Message From Every Survivor

Post Published: 20 October 2010
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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Seems we talk a lot these days. Never really been a writer. I have learned over the time since the diagnosis of my disease that disease of cancer is in a sense its own subculture. Cancer does not care; any one of us can become a part of that community and a new normal begins. We all have our flaws, but I would like to pose this question: Can cancer heal and unite?

Lets look, Cancer of whatever form has become a culture that when you are inducted in, it does not ask your age, your gender, your sexual preference. It does not care. Cancer can really take a person’s character flaws and magnify them. Or, in some cases, mend them.

I have met so many wonderful people–women and men and kids and teens who are survivors, and you will see a melting pot from all walks of life, and some of the stories that stick out are the ones where a person decides to change and make a difference rather then let the disease corrupt and magnify what flaws they have.

Families have reunited, parents and children talk again, and marriages grow stronger, and all cause of cancer. People change for the worse and some people change for the better. We all hang on looking for that chance to change the direction of life.

My only goal is when my time comes that one person will look and say I made a difference; it is still possible for now…

I have decided to switch everything in my life in order to make change possible. I can accept defeat, however I can’t accept not trying…

What will you do to make a difference in another persons life affected by a disease like cancer, or any type of thyroid disease? Someone will find healing in your words or story or your ear to speak into….

what will you do….

every survivor…

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10 Responses to “Healing Through Cancer: A Message From Every Survivor”

  1. Amanda says:

    While I don’t have cancer, I do have thyroid issues. I can see that having that breaks our spirit, and then we rebound fighting… I know the sharing here helps. I hope others will join in! The thing that has helped me the most is knowing I am not alone.


    • EVERY SURVIVOR says:

      Just because you don’t have cancer does not make your thyroid issues any easier then anyone else….we all still hurt and break a nail and stub a tow like the next person. Please keep your head up…


  2. Becca Kirkpatrick says:

    You don’t what you have till it’s. Thyroid is the love that was lost. I truely didn’t know what I had till it was gone.

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Becca,
      I hear you. The diagnosis of Thyroid cancer was hard to take in itself. Going through the surgery was tough but manageable. On a positive note, the prognosis for my cancer is very good. What I wasn’t prepared for was LIFE without my thryoid. It has been 8 months and I am still feeling pretty rough. Sure, my cancer is gone and I am optimistic it will never return……but neither will my throid gland. 8 months of med adjustments and lab work (which I had been prepared for) and all of the physical changes associated with imbalances has been rough. People are really empathetic when they hear you have cancer. They are happy to let you know you are ‘lucky’ because you have a ‘good’ cancer but they have NO understanding of living a ‘thyroid-less’ life. I don’t even try to talk with people about it anymore because they are quick to say ” at least you don’t have cancer anymore”. Don’t get me wrong, I thank my lucky stars that if I had to have cancer I guess I’d choose this one for its survival rate and I hope, that as statistics have it, I have spared one of my friends or family members from getting cancer. I, too, will remain positive and am thankful for being a ‘survivor’. Being a nurse I always looked at life a little differently and now, being a cancer survivor, I see life through even another set of glasses. I am thankful for so many things and don’t take anything for granted. I wish those in my life could wear ‘my’ glasses once in awhile. I wish you all the best. Take care.

  3. Becca Kirkpatrick says:

    You don’t know what you had until it’s gone
    My thyroid cancer was a love relationship that I lost but now that my thyroid is gone I truly didn’t know all of it function in my day to day life toll it was gone. I am coming into my second year cancer free and I have a new outlook on life all for the better. I thank my husband for his patience and my children for their loving support.

    • EVERY SURVIVOR says:

      A good family support is hard to find. My spouse has walked out 3x during my fight. so hold on to what you have. Congrads on your two year…

      be well..


  4. Lolly says:

    I maynot have cancer but know exactly how it can effect a persons life, for better or worse.
    I wouldn’t shy away from anyone faced with cancer or thyroid disease I whope I could be a big heart with a listening ear and compassion or laughter when needed.

    Wise words from one so young.

    “have decided to switch everything in my life in order to make change possible. I can accept defeat, however I can’t accept not trying…”

    • EVERY SURVIVOR says:

      Thank You so much Girl!
      your words are just too kind! An ear and laughter can cure show much and a tissue when we cry also helps as well.

      This has changed who I am forever

      Thank you…


  5. Donna says:

    Well.. I wishI could say I had that reuniting.. I had just the oposite.. I heard.. None of have thyroid issues or cancer issues.. that is all her.. and in fact people withdrew from me like I had the plague.. Maybe afraid of their own mortalities.. I don’t know.. it was hard to take at the time and harder as time goes on.. At times like this you learn who is on your side.. don’t we..

    • EVERY SURVIVOR says:

      I am so sorry. It is never okay to make a person feel really bad and like a leper. All that serves to do is make the mascara run. You should really avoid those type of people and realize that it is okay to have low tolerance and move on from people who are not conducive to you having a healthy life.

      best always

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