A neighbor from where I grew up in New Hampshire has cancer. I don’t know the whole story but I know that she had cancer years ago, was treated with chemotherapy and now the cancer is back. This time, her doctor says that it is terminal. Is she going to give up or fight for her life?
I don’t know her very well but I hope she chooses to fight. She is young and has a lot of life left to live. I hope she looks for another doctor or other patients surviving the same type of Cancer that she has. I hope she asks for help. I hope that she looks for inspiration and finds it.
How many MS patients have been told that they would be in a wheelchair in six months? How many of those same patients are running marathons or skiing in the powder today? How many “miracles” do you hear about in Cancer patients beating the odds? Of those beating the odds, how many gave up, and how many fought like hell? The only way to have a chance is to do whatever it takes.
Fighting may include lifestyle changes, doctor changes, new medicines, alternative healing. Fighting may include a total change of heart or change of mind but what other choice do you have? With Cancer, MS, or any other disease that threatens your happiness, your mobility and your life, what other choice do you have other than to fight?
I am in fight mode right now as I prepare for battle. As MS is typically not terminal, I am not fighting to stay alive but I am fighting for my life. I am fighting to maintain the same quality of life that I have right now. I am fighting to maintain my current state of health so that I can hike and bike and ski and do whatever I want for as long as I want. I am fighting to stay off steroids and out of doctors offices. I am fighting to maintain the energy to laugh and play with my family.
It is not terminal until you say its terminal. I am fighting for my life.
Fight with me.
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