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Before I was diagnosed with lung cancer I had a good life. After I was diagnosed with lung cancer I have a blessed life. I am blessed because I know who truly loves me and who will stand by/with me no matter what. If I had not had cancer would I have known this? I like to think I would have but I took the people who mean the most to me for granted. Never will I ever do that again. I hope that no occasion arises that I have to be one of their caregivers but if it does - please God let me take care of them as well as I was taken care of.

What has having lung cancer taught you?


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Nice post Paulette. There are so many things that this major change in my life taught me. Randy made a good point. Material things are not important.

I cherish relationships in a way that I did not before. The Tim McGraw song comes to mind because it was on American Idol last night, and it's such a beautiful song, and was sung so amazingly by Scotty and Tim. To live like you were dying. Sounds strange, but it's not.

"I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,

"I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.

"And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,

"And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying."

An' he said: "Some day, I hope you get the chance,

"To live like you were dyin'."

I do love deeper, and speak sweeter, and forgive without hesitation.

I can't say I live fully, like he did, but I try. It's funny, I laid in bed this morning thinking about the fact that my life groups with women are ending in a couple of weeks, and I no longer help at church, so what am I going to do? The little community that I live in has a ton of need. So I googled the web site of our town and found a lot of opportunities to do more, and that's what I'm going to do.

MI Judy

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Like Paulette, having lung cancer has taught me who I can count on when the chips are down. The list is short but I cherish every one of them.

Unfortunately, I also learned I am not Amazon woman or as fiercely independent as I thought. If I have one hope it is to find the balance in the activity of living. At my age, it appears too much is as bad as too little.

Judy in KW

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  • 2 weeks later...

I've learned that if you have your health, you have everything. And that in an instant, that can be taken away. I try to appreciate my good fortune in surviving this hideous disease and not let petty annoyances bother me. I don't always succeed, but I'm tryin'!


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