Monday, August 25, 2008

Regaining Control

After being diagnosed with cancer, you tend to lose control. Immediately, there is chaos followed by a wave of emotions – usually anger, fear, uncertainty, and feelings of isolation. We gradually learn more about the disease. We learn about what it does, the side effects, and changes to the body. We get back that control, but it takes time. Life doesn't stop just because someone has cancer. Cancer becomes a part of our lives, but it is not the only part. Life will never be the way it was before, but we cannot surrender to the disease. We do our part, make our way, go to work, and enjoy our time with others when we can. It is a “tricky” time as Meghan says because the cancer is still in there. But we do regain the control. None of us are helpless. We have the support of others. We have the experiences from before to draw on. We are not passive witnesses to our own lives. After tomorrow, I’m still going to have control.

3 comments:

Julie LaMotte said...

Dan,

Good luck with your appointment tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Meghan.

-Julie

Anonymous said...

Hope things went well today!!!!

Kalisa Owens said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you both today. May you provide strength, hope and support for each other as you meet with your doctors today.