10 THINGS LEARNED BY THOSE WHO HAVE SURVIVED CANCER
One of the greatest accomplishments one can achieve in life is beating cancer. Fortunately, with modern advances in medicine and technology, more and more people are able to say that they have survived cancer.
Of course, battling cancer changes a person forever. If you have the opportunity to speak with a cancer survivor, you will find that they have learned different things about life during their victorious fight with the disease. Here are ten lessons that cancer survivors have learned from their battle with cancer.
1) CANCER IS RANDOM
Cancer is random. Plain and simple. It doesn’t target a specific age group, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or health history. Children, teens, young adults, seniors, and everyone in between can be diagnosed with cancer in all forms.
2) YOU’LL LEARN A LOT ABOUT PEOPLE
Sadly, a cancer diagnosis will cause quite a few people to find out who their true friends are. Many people will fade into the background when they hear that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer. Others will step up to the plate and help out as much as possible, even if they weren’t that close of friends in the first place. You can learn a lot about others as a cancer survivor.
3) YOU FIND SURPRISING STRENGTH
Many cancer survivors will tell stories of how friends and family told them how strong they were during their fight against the disease. This is true because cancer survivors will experience a strength they they never dreamed they had inside them. Survivors will talk about the inner strength they developed to continue with each day.
4) THINGS DON’T MATTER
The material things in life get put in the rear-view mirror when you are fighting cancer. Survivors will tell you that they stopped worrying about the credit card bill they used to stress over each month or the amount of money they earn at their jobs. Instead, they become more concerned with the bigger picture.
5) APPEARANCE ISN’T AS IMPORTANT
Another lesson learned when fighting cancer is that appearance no longer matters as much. Your body will go through plenty of physical changes, sometimes including hair loss. Many survivors will say that they stopped caring about how they looked when fighting the disease, but instead, they embraced their new look.
6) NEVER GIVE UP
One of the best things a cancer survivor learns is to never give up. Many will face doubts that they can survive. Others will doubt themselves and whether or not they can put up the fight. Even though the battle is tough, they know they should never stop fighting.
7) STAY IN THE MOMENT
Life is short to begin with. When a cancer diagnosis is thrown into the mix, it can make life even shorter. Cancer survivors love to talk about living in the moment all the time. They’ve learned not to take anything for granted in life, but enjoy every moment with friends and family.
8) FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
Those with cancer tend to stop caring about what everyone else thinks of them. It just doesn’t matter anymore. Instead, they focus on what’s important, including how to make every day the best one possible.
9) ENJOY THE SMALL PLEASURES
Life is all about the small pleasures, as anyone with a cancer diagnosis is reminded. Because of this, many of them find a new hobby or refocus on a neglected hobby. It helps take their mind off their troubles and helps them gain confidence in a new area.
10) YOU’LL FIND CONFIDENCE
One of the best things cancer survivors can learn from their battle is that they can build confidence. Beating cancer is no small feat, and those who manage it rarely lack in their self-confidence.
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