I Cannot Change you, but you have Changed Me
Dear Thyroid Cancer,
Thank you for showing me how strong I am.
Thank you for revealing to me who my real friends really are.
Thank you for making me a vessel to get the word out about this ignored disease.
Thank you for reminding me to stop and smell the roses sometimes.
Thank you for showing me how truly wonderful and strong the man is that I married.
Thank you for giving me a happy face scar to remind me that vanity is not important and everyday is to be enjoyed.
Thank you for allowing me to find other things besides physical activity to make me happy.
Thank you for teaching me about inner peace.
Thank you for renewing my relationships.
Thank you for testing my courage because until you came into my life I never knew I had any.
Thank you for teaching my family and I that it’s not okay to sweat the small things.
Thank you for bringing other cancer survivors into my life that teach me new things every day.
Thank you for allowing me to realize that stress is evil.
Thank you for revealing to me that I cannot change you but you have changed me.
(Bio) I am a thyroid cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at age 26 one year ago with stage two thyroid cancer. I had three cancerous tumors as well as many cancer filled lymph nodes. I am still with cancer and hoping for an end to this someday soon. I have written this poem because for a very long time I was extremely negative every day about why this disease choose me. In time I have to come realize that it was time for me to change in a positive way and find what I can learn from this disease. I was a scholarship athlete (swimmer) and very healthy with no cancer in my entire family history. Shellene
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