“C” is for Cheri Cancer. There, I said it. I have Cancer. Kidney Cancer at that. Six little letters that completely change a life upon being told they belong to you.
I came home from a 6-day stint at the local hospital, again. This time– and only because I finally have some insurance, they did tests and really took a look into what has been making me sick and in pain for years now. As it turns out, I have a couple of serious things going on…
Firstly, the ongoing issues I have had with my right kidney have now been confirmed by specialists. I am in stage-3 kidney failure. This alone is enough to put me over the edge of disbelief, but the news got worse…
It was also confirmed by specialists that I have kidney cancer in the left kidney. One tiny 2-cm spot is going to take me on in a fight for my life..and although I have IT, IT is not who I am. IT doesn’t define me. Instead I will define IT and what it means to me…
Connecting with those I have not connected with properly due to our addiction to social media use versus spending real-time with one another.
Announcing that “I” am the Big “C” not IT. I am bigger than IT is. I can win this.
Needing to live a healthier life; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Creating a network of friends and family that will provide a support structure for the bad times.
Enjoying each day as if it will be my last.
Reflecting on positive things yet to come and not dwelling on or feeding the fear.