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Personal Journal

Welcome to the Personal Journal, a blog by people who have cancer or whose lives have been touched by cancer. Follow as they share their journey with us. Please leave a comment to add your voice to the conversation.

I found out I had a mass at the head of my pancreas in Sept. 2010.  Had some minor digestive problems for about a month, but nothing to point to anything serious.  Then I got jaundiced which is a blessing because my doctor ordered a CT scan right away.  I'm a nurse so when you hear there is a mass at the pancreas you know it's not good.

In my morning reading in Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening, he quotes Gene Knudson Hoffman, “I’ve never felt a pain that didn’t bear a blessing.” The greater the distance from my diagnosis of stage 4 cancer, the more I can see that I am blessed because of it. Odd, you say! Yes, I did not expect this. However, now I can say that there are many things that are bringing fulfillment to my life that were missing prior to the cancer. I must also say that no matter how many blessings I can count, I would not wish cancer on anyone. It is a very challenging journey requiring much courage, trust, faith, and introspection.  

I think that each of us knows someone who has been touched by cancer in their life.  Explore the Facing Cancer Together Digital Quilt... It's a unique way that people who are facing cancer in their life are coming together to share wisdom, celebrate strength, and offer hope. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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