"Keep your face to the sunshine,
and you cannot see the shadows."
What a beautiful and very meaningful philosophy. To think that such a quote from a
woman who never saw the sun shine. Perhaps her eyes physically did not see the
beauty of the sun's rays, her soul/spirit saw them. At a deep level that many of us
do not reach, she knew that seeing shadows was self-destructive and unhealthy.
Those of us who have had to hear the words, "You have cancer" wanted to retreat
into the shadows. We could not see the sun for a period of time. For some of us it
might be only for a few days, others months, and a few never step out of the shadows.
When I was diagnosed for the first time in 2008 with ovarian cancer, I went into a cocoon
for a couple of days grieving and adjusting to what was now my new life. I asked questions.
I researched. I prayed. I leaned on the shoulders of friends and let the hugs from them
and family help me to lift my eyes up to the sunshine.
In 2014 I was diagnosed again with two tumors, one in the lung and one in the pelvis.
I was shocked because I felt so good and had no symptoms. I was put on chemo-
therapy for two years. I continued to live each day to the fullest trying to follow
God's will. Still I researched, prayed, and had the arms of family and friends to
Three days ago I learned that once again I have a cancerous tumor. I will be having
extensive surgery and probably chemotherapy. I know that your love, support, and
prayers will help me outshine the cancer. My faith in God is strong and I know that
He is with me every step of the way. As long as I keep my eyes on Him (on the sunshine),
I will not be in the shadows of despair and fear.
No matter what challenge, disease, or cancer
we face, we must never lose