Cancer Truth Note: #40
In cancer survivorship perspective is everything.
Have you ever played with those photos that are actually 2 different images? Maybe you see the faces, maybe you see the hourglass or whatever the images happen to be. A cancer journey is a bit like an M.C. Escher drawing. Are the stairs going up, going down, going nowhere… you choose. It’s your perspective in relation to the image. In the case of a cancer diagnosis your perspective is in relation to the situation. While we have estimates for outcomes, how you fit into that is really a gray area. We have some choices regarding our perspective.
Cancer survivorship is often a triggering thing. For example, you have a bilateral mastectomy, and someone calls it a boob job. You’re offended or you’re not. Perspective.
Yes, it is a serious surgery, but also one that saved your life and who knows maybe, like me, you opted for the upgrade. Whatever that meant for you.
Now what if you are not triggered by anyone’s perspectives because we accept them as theirs? Would we be happier? Would the world be happier?
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