Just tonight I read a post Hoda Kotb, of the Today Show, shared regarding her friend of 27 years, Karen. The day Karen’s husband was diagnosed with cancer, her doctor friend suggested she buy a candle and light it. This odd suggestion was to allow the body to go where the mind takes it, according to this doctor. In focusing on the flame as if it was the power of the human spirit, determination, love and will, she was to harness the strength. Further, she was instructed to watch as the wax dripped away, thinking of this as the cancer cells disappearing.
What a unique way to look at things!
I was so moved when reading that! Karen’s husband outlived his prognosis by five years, which is amazing in itself!
I believe a person’s outlook and attitude when they learn of a diagnosis like this makes all the difference!
My friend, Mary Sue, is also proof of this. When she learned she had breast cancer, she never skipped a beat although it certainly wasn’t the news she had hoped to receive.. She went right on with her positive attitude, just as she always had, and she conquered and persevered! While I’m sure she had her moments, she never let us see her cry or get down about her diagnosis, surgery, and treatment. She shaved her head prior to chemo while she poked fun and even laughed about the shape of her head. Completing treatments, she rang the bell, and kept that smile on her face throughout the entire ordeal. There aren’t too many people that can choose to remain positive in the face of something that could take them out of this world.
I’m happy to report my straw hat wearing, sunflower loving, Marsh Tacky riding friend, Mary Sue, is still going strong today at 77 years old. She is an amazing woman, and I am proud to have had the chance to get to know her and love her!