We have had one of those weeks that makes you remember what you are thankful for. Our week was unfortunately filled with the C word.
My Mother had a little skin cancer removed from her eyelid. It seemed like an easy procedure when they talked about it, snip here, skin graft there. In reality, my poor Mum looks like she was the loser in a boxing match. She can barely see out of either eye and if it were closer to Halloween, she would pass as the bride of Frankinstein.
It seems the prognosis is positive and I am hoping for a quick healing process for her. When you are dealing with your face, no one wants to be all cut up and I know my Mum will feel better when she can see the results.
The second surgery this week was my sister in law. She took matters into her own hands and had a double mastectomy. This was a preventative procedure as she had tested extremely high for the cancer gene and I think its a very brave step that she took. I am glad to say it also seems like everything is going to be positive for her. She will have more surgeries scheduled to work on the reconstruction but she is now through the worst. I also wish her a quick journey through the pain. I can only imagine the weight that must be lifted of her mind, now that she knows she has called cancers bluff. Good for her! She’s a brave girl.
Our reality is that we must live every moment to the fullest. Do what we love, love what we do. Things can happen when you least expect them and that C word is never a good thing when its so close to home. We have to find joy in the little things and cherish every moment. I learnt this lesson at a very early age, when I lost my Dad but sometimes we get so wrapped up in living that we forget what’s important.
Time to simplify our lives. Slow down. Spend time with those we love. Act with kindness and help each other. Be kind to animals. 🙂
I can think of plenty of other C words I would rather deal with next week – compassionate, caring, considerate, comforting, calming, etc