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My name is Eleanor



My name is Eleanor

I have cancer, but it is not who I am.

I am not a number or the result of a

lab test.

My name is Eleanor

I am a baby at my mothers breast.

I am a toddler being thrown high in

the air by my father and giggling.

I am a young girl playing with my

dolls and my trucks.

I am a teenage girl going on my

first date full of nervous anticipation.

I am graduating high school and

trying to figure out what next.

I am a young woman walking down

the aisle with the love of my life.

I am an employee and a homemaker

I am a new mother.

I love my family, my friends, roses, cooking

and reading.

I love watching sappy old movies and

going through a box of tissues while

munching on popcorn.

I love to dance and sing.

I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a sister,

a granddaughter,a niece, an aunt, I am

a grandmother and a great grandmother.

I am all of these things and more but what

I am not is a disease.

I have cancer and it may destroy my body

but it cannot touch my spirit or my soul.

So you see although my body may have cancer it does

not have me.

My name is Eleanor.


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This is awesome ... and exactly the same way as I feel!! My two favorite sayings: "I have cancer, cancer doesn't have me." and "Live your life, not your cancer."


Hi Eleanor! My name is Donna! and Cancer doesn't have me either!!!!

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Very inspiring words! Eleanor keep the spirit. Mine needs some help. My cancer was diagnosed 11 months ago. It’s been a rough journey so far. I have faith in God that my journey won’t be alone.

I wish you much love and support on this journey.


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Lynda, Elinor was my sweet mother in law who passed away from colon cancer a little over 2 years ago. I wrote this article in her memory. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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