Life Affirming Life Sentences

Hard to believe it’s been over 15 years since my original breast cancer diagnosis. I distinctly remember thinking it was a death sentence. Over the years I’ve come to realize it’s actually more of a life sentence. And that’s not a bad thing. For as long as I’m here, what happened will always be a part of me, and that’s okay. While I haven’t seen the earthshaking changes I would like in terms of cures, ease of treatment, and increased survival — one thing has changed dramatically. Our ability to reach out to each other. With the advent of social media and the refinement of the Internet, I can be sitting here in California and immediately communicate with a woman a world away. Wow! Now that’s a vast difference from how I felt (and how things were) back in 1996. I remember so many middle-of-the-night moments during chemo when I couldn’t sleep. Even after treatment (and sometimes even now) the nocturnal terror of cancer creeps in during the quiet of the night. How I wish I’d been able to jump online back in ’96 and communicate with someone. I guess wishes do come true, because here I am sharing my thoughts with you. I firmly believe it will be through this type of sharing and honest, spontaneous communication that we will eventually discover the causes and cures. In the meantime, it’s just great to feel connected in a meaningful way. Each of us can share what we are experiencing — one life sentence at a time.

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2 Responses to Life Affirming Life Sentences

  1. Ginny Marie says:

    I was first diagnosis with breast cancer in 1996, too. And I agree with you…if only I had support from some of the online communities that exist today. Looking forward to reading more from you and this new blog!

    • Dianne says:

      Thank goodness for the online communities! I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of getting to know women I have never met and probably never will meet other than online. A few of them have become close friends and confidants. We’ve shared our hopes, fears, recipes, jokes and medical information. It is so comforting to have someone out there I can talk to about things I might not want to burden my family with — or that make me feel fearful and I don’t want them to worry. Thank you for taking the time to reach out!

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