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"...I am always struck with the thought that as much as we push forward to our future, the way we have handled our past will actually define our overall future."
So it had been nine years. Nine years since someone said the dreaded words, "You have cancer." Nine years with medical tests, surgeries, procedures, family trials, bills, self-doubt - fear. But we survivors have no choice and no way to turn except forward. Live or die, that's it, however brutally blunt. So we move forward through the challenge and give it our best shot.
I recently went for another check-up. I thought there would be no problem. I felt in my gut that there would be no cancer, that they wouldn't call me back. They did. And the same self-doubt and fear came right back just like it was nine years ago. Funny, isn't it? Because I thought I had progressed so much further. But our past can call us back. I am always struck with the thought that as much as we push forward to our future, the way we have handled our past will actually define our overall future. So I'm fine now, and proud of the way I handled the past and the way it is helping me to live the future.
Whatever is happening in your life, right now, today, be aware, Gentle Reader, that the way you handle this life challenge will define you as you move forward to your future. The future is coming for you, so deal with what matters now, so you can live and live well as you go forward. Embrace it, inhale it and live it today.
J. Waggoner, Publisher, 11-year survivor
© 2016 J. Waggoner
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