Linky Party for Cancer Awareness - Mandy Neal

Linky Party for Cancer Awareness

Six letters, that’s it, which makes one of the most feared words CANCER. We have all spoke the word, more than likely known someone who has owned the word, and if you are one of the unlucky, you may have the word. 

 

Here is MY story:

 

I am a 33-year-old wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, you name it. I encompass many roles. For the second time in two years I have been told I have cancer. Are you ready for the crazy part? Its cancer of the tongue, yes you read it right, tongue. I have baffled doctors. People like me don’t get a diagnosis like this. I don’t smoke, never have. I’m certainly not even close to 60-years-old. You hear of all kinds of cancers, they are all over the spectrum. Oh, but not my kind! When I tell people my story, I get the perplexed look, the questions, and I’ve never heard of such a thing. But it’s true, not once but twice. The first time was not a joy, but I was told that the likeliness of a reoccurrence was slim if not impossible. Well, this one is for the doctors! You were wrong! Maybe the stubbornness runs in my blood. Maybe I’m the one who was meant to prove them wrong :)! So, yes it is rare but nonetheless I have cancer again.

 

 

Am I scared? You betcha! Where will I go from here? Not, sure. It’s early but all I know is nothing will get in my way! What about my girl?  How will she deal with this? Will I miss much in her life? Nope, she’ll be just fine. Besides, we have the rest of our lives to make up for this little glitch. What about my husband? He is my rock, the one who will hold my hand the entire way without a doubt! What about my faith? This may be just what I needed, a kick in the behind to rekindle that faith. Is this a bump in the road, or a flat out block? Oh, its definitely a bump, not the first, and as we all know not the last. Do you talk to me about it? You better! It is not going to define me, I’m not going to dwell, but to ignore it makes it seem like you are afraid it will upset me.

 

 

So right now it seems I have it all figured out. I think right now, it’s what is keeping me going. I look like I’m strong and sound like I’m strong, but deep down the uncertainty can be overwhelming. I can’t let that get to me right now. I may not always be this strong, but it’s what I’ve got RIGHT NOW!

 

 

So here is a party for all those who have fought, survived, known a loved one with cancer, or simply want to join in celebrating the four letter word
L-I-F-E.

 

The only stipulation for this linky party is to link-up and if you wish, you may grab the lavender ribbon button to represent your support for cancer awareness!

Here is to you!

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