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So many people's lives have been affected by cancer. Are you a cancer survivor? If so, did it affect your outlook on life?

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Luckily I haven't been in the shoes of a cancer patient.
However someone close to me is presently battling cancer and I hope she comes out of it as a survivor soon.
I sure am!
Twice actually -I was lucky both times, though am not yet out of the woods from a melanoma.

It affected my outlook on life for a short term only..
by Finy
Oh wow!
by jonaja
Luckily I have never had to deal with cancer myself, but I have family and friends who have suffered from it.
No I am not.
Two very dear friends were affected, very badly.One died last year at 56 yrs old.
The other is just hanging in at 72 yrs. Her cancer is very aggressive, and in turn it has also made her the same way.
I think they say in Australia that 1 person in 2 will over their lifetime may get some kind of Cancer.That is quite shocking!
Thankfully not. I know people who are though, and one who is battling it right now. It's such a horrible thing to go through, you really need lots of help and support to get through it.
I'm a cancer survivor. The main thing I learnt from cancer was to be nicer to myself. Not constantly self criticise, not work far to hard for no good reason. I won a major life battle. I deserve to congratulate and cherish me. The other thing that happened is my lifelong gratitude and admiration for all the wonderful people who work in any way associated with cancer. From scientists, to doctors, nurses, support people, specialist bra fitters, wig people, they are all wonderful people

Survivor is the way to be when this challenge to your life visits to test your resolve.
I was lucky that mine could be managed by our wonderful medical system.
In the early days I was terrified.
People react differently when they find out about it. Some leave you in case they catch the problem from you and others go to extreme measures to help.
Both reactions can be testing to deal with.
Then there is the what method of care do I decide on , alternative methods like mushrooms from china ,radiation from medical systems or faith healing from a church group.
Personally I compared it to getting bogged on a bush track. If I had to decide between 3 brands of 4x4 to tow me out which one would I choose. Why not hook them all up was my decision.
I must say that the prayer did work with miraculous results.
My doctor said that the open wound that was well advanced would not close over until well after the extensive radiation treatment had been completed as he was continuing to burn it. I was not likely to be able to work due to the impact of the radiation so I was advised to put my life on hold. God had a different plan. After prayer and only half way through the radiation the open wound closed over.
After an incredible experience with God shortly after prayer from a complete stranger I decided to soldier on in faith.
Refusing to accept the illness I did not miss a single day of work.
I feel sorry for the people who had to see the radiation burns on my face.
One person bumped into me at the super market and said sorry for the accident. When I turned my face towards her she saw the burned face she exclaimed oh sorry and ran away from me in fear. I just laughed and felt sorry for her.
The main lesson that I took away from the experience was never allow the small issues to take away the joy from your life and love every day and every experience life delivers you on your journey always believing in and trusting that God has a plan for you.

I was treated for breast cancer in 1997 and have been in remission ever since!
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