Cheering on two friends fighting cancer



Two of my friends are battling cancer.

One of them is a friend of many, many years. We went through a lot of ups and downs together. Though we live hundreds of kilometers apart now, we’re always there for each other. We were at each other’s weddings. We got involved in several car accidents together. She took me to the hospital when I had an acute appendicitis – with her knee in a cast. This isn’t the first time that she’s battling cancer. She had brain tumor 3 years ago but managed to fight it with surgery and chemotherapy. She was disease-free for 2 years, got married and got on with her life. Now the monster is back. But my friend is a fighter and she’s hanging on there. She’s strong, she’s brave, she’s seen the monster before and she knows what to expect.

The second friend is somebody whom I met recently but a friend nonetheless. We have a lot in common. We are both moms and we originally come from the same country and now both live in Europe as expats. I talked to her on the phone just shortly before the Christmas school break. She was having back pains and receiving injections for back pains. “Let’s meet up as soon as I’m mobile again and that should be next week.

Unfortunately, I got too busy with the holidays, family and work to follow up on her. And the next time I heard from her was in mid-January. “Pray for me”, she wrote in an email, “today I’m having my first chemotherapy.” Was I shocked! It turned out I didn’t receive a previous email about the countless of tests and biopsies that she had underwent before and after Christmas and the diagnosis delivered just after New Year. My friend has lung cancer that has metastasized to the bone in her pelvis and spine and that caused the back pain. She never smoked, barely touched alcohol, of normal weight, and exercised regularly. Like my first friend, she too, is hanging on there although this being her first time to face the monster makes it so tough. Yet, she managed to send an email the other day that captured the spirit of a real cancer fighter. Here’s what she has written:

Subject: Stress Management (for cancer patients who wants to live life to the full)

Since moving to Switzerland, my stress level has never been this high. My medical team from family doctor to allergologist/immunologist, neurologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, oncologist, Chinese herbs doctor, nutritionist, etc. advised that I should learn to take life easy so as to live a life with less or no stress. That I should slowly start eliminating situations, things and people that stress me with proper planning and management.

Below are some Stress Management guidelines they think i should try in order to rid my inner terrain of these invading unwelcoming cancerous cells.

They also advised that I can pass these guidelines to others who want a stress-free life…enjoy your day. love you, guys.

Stress Management Technique

Just in case you are having a rough day, here is a stress management technique that actually works — and doesn’t rely on habit-forming drugs.

Ready to give it a try? Just follow these simple steps:

  • Take a deep breath.
  • Picture yourself near a stream.
  • Hear the birds softly chirping in the cool mountain air.
  • Recall that no one knows your secret place.
  • You are in total seclusion from the hectic place called the world.
  • The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall in the distance fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
  • The water is so crystal clear.
  • You can easily make out the face of the person you are holding underwater.

LOL! I hope this makes your day today. Now I am smiling as I go to this clinic at 8 am for a series of tests…

Now that’s what I call a real fighter.

For these two friends, all the best to both of you. Beat that monster cancer!

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