From the initial shock and loss that comes with a devastating health diagnosis to overcoming barriers and choosing positivity; resilience is a recurring theme that has surfaced through my interviews with brain tumor/cancer book authors and survivors. I strongly believe our messages of hope and the lessons we have learned, can help people to cope with any medical crisis (including COVID-19).
Most of us go through an emotional process that requires time and patience as we endure surgeries and treatments, but once we learn to accept what is – we end up reinventing ourselves and we transform from survivors into thrivers.
Below are 10 words deriving from “resilience” and inspired by the interviews:
The following are some of my favorite quotes from the interviews (the specific interviews are hyperlinked to the photos). Additionally, the links to the books can be found here: https://2ndchance2live.com/suggestedreading/
“Cancer is evil and unfair, but it also allowed me to learn from it. Change breeds opportunity. I was taking advantage of the disease, not letting it take advantage of me. I was making this my experience where I took cancer along for the ride, not the other way around.”
“So I choose to live in the now. I definitely live for memories, the good days, and hugs! Just because life doesn’t look the way I had hoped or dreamed about it’s okay because we have all three of our kids here on earth.”