When I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years back, I reacted like most who receive a cancer diagnosis—the first thing that came to mind was “death sentence.” However, I found out later it was truly "an awakening" for me, even after being diagnosed with colon cancer a few years later. I began by questioning God, "Why would you do this to me? What have I done in life so bad to have this placed upon me?" But instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to look for the positive side of it. There has to be a reason for it all.
I also realized I was about to face a new beginning, experience new hope, do and see more with a whole new perspective on life. When I think of the “gift of life” that was given to me, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. Even with the complications I now have to live with, and all the struggles I've dealt with my entire life, I still feel truly blessed. For a while, I wasn't happy with the way I looked after my surgery and the pain I had to endure each day, but I decided to snap out of it. I thought about the individuals that are no longer among us. I also realized there will always be someone worse off than I am. I reminded myself I “still have my life” and who am I to complain.
One day I experienced something of a miracle and felt the compulsion to write it down. I turned that experience into a poem and I called it "Peace." Writing has become therapy for me. I took that poem, along with many others I had composed during my breast cancer period, and placed them into book form. I was blessed enough to have that book, True Simple Poems of Life, Faith and Survival, published. I also have a children's book and a third publication on the way.
I'm hoping that anyone who has the opportunity to read my poems will get out of them all that I placed into them. My poems are from the heart, as real as any could ever be. With the words and phrases of each poem, I wish to make a positive impact on someone who's ill or otherwise, and help them develop the strength to embrace life in a whole new way. I never anticipated becoming a writer, I just became one. I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy or a horrible disease such as cancer, it's for a reason. We all have a "purpose," and I want to live to find out exactly what that is for me.
So, that's what I'm all about now: inspiration. I would have never become a writer, producing inspirational poems and stories, if I had not gone through all that I did. I'm a true example that you can survive cancer not once, but twice, providing you catch it in time, have faith, and allow that faith to direct your path.
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