How humbled I am.
Yesterday, I got my results that I worked so hard to get. Getting there meant giving up smoking, giving up a way of life really and living what I call a clean life. I put up in a couple of groups, rather gingerly I must say because beating cancer twice, was completely off topic for the groups I posted in. I wondered how people would respond. I worried that maybe people would make references to me posting something in a group that it was completely not about. Wow I need not have worried.
One group I posted in called “Benidorm – seriously” set up by a lady called Tracey Anne Essex received it really well, getting quite literally hundreds of messages from people all over the world. Do you know over 1,100 people have liked that post to date. Another group called “Leyland memories” a place where I grew up. Set up by Paul Gregson. Had the same post and again hundreds of people have wished us well, some having also seen the article in the Lancashire evening post. Reported by Aasma day
Again over 450 people have liked it there to, more people have joined our cancer stories support group to, just because I wanted people to know that cancer can be beaten. Now please don’t get me wrong it’s not easy to beat, it takes pure grit and determination. But it also takes support from people like Anne, and Paul who don’t know me by the way. It takes for people like that to be generous, understanding, and forthright. I have gained allot of courage from the gestures of all thes people that have commented. It’s been quite emotional seeing the numbers go up like seconds on a digital clock. I appreciate each and every one, I am just sorry I have not been able to respond to all your comments.
To beat cancer you need a support network, you need people around you that support you, having family that is there for you is one thing, but total strangers who don’t know you giving you kindness is just priceless and humbling at the same time. Here is the link to our group.
Never under estimate what your kindness means to a sufferer it enthuses, and gives energy to that person, just maybe knowing that there are people out there thinking about them gives you a little more energy to carry on. It’s not just the person having treatment, it’s the care givers that need support to. They are on their very own journey to, and need a support network in the same way.
People have ( for some reason ) even when I was critically ill, come to me for support and advice. Which I gladly gave, and continue to do today. It’s not about cudos, it’s about sharing your experience, sharing how it was. That’s what cancer stories is all about, sharing with each other how we felt at certain times in the treatment process, for caregivers patients and people affected by it, having seen a friend or family member struggle with Cancer. It’s a nice place to be when you can put aside your own struggles, and offer some support, I don’t know maybe it makes us feel good to do that. What I do know is, the sun is rising on a new day, and I am privileged to be in it.
It’s made all the better by your human kindness, a smile does not cost much. Spread a little love, it costs nothing after all.
Have a great weekend
And thank you
All the best Mark
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