Perspective is such an interesting phenomenon.
Collins English Dictionary define it as
“…a particular way of thinking about something, especially one that is influenced by your beliefs or experiences.”
My most recent ‘experience’ has shown me that there are a lot of things in life that don’t matter and a lot more that really, really do matter.
I’ve honestly used the word perspective about a million times since my diagnosis. (Yes I like to exaggerate to put things in perspective – lol.)
I have a date for surgery now, which is good. I will likely undergo radiotherapy after my wounds from surgery have healed. Chemotherapy is looking less likely, unless findings at surgery suggest I should get it later on.
I’m one of the lucky ones so far – the tumour still looks to be ‘early and treatable.’
It’s in there, by itself, in my breast tissue and doesn’t appear to have any friends lurking elsewhere. It’s hormone sensitive (that is – it’s sensitive to oestrogen blocking drugs) and negative for the HER2 receptor that I was talking about in one of my earlier posts. That’s a really good thing supposedly.
“I’m one of the lucky ones…”
How’s that for perspective?
Every day thousands of women are being diagnosed with breast cancer all over the world.
Every day tens of thousands of men and women are being diagnosed with some form of cancer – all over the world.
Their news might not be as hopeful as my news. Their story may be not as positive as my story. That’s the real perspective.
So…to all of you folks out there, to all of your loved ones, to all of those somehow touched by this effing fecker, Cancer (oh and trust me I’ve said a lot worse than that word)…
Take your dominant hand (or whatever hand you want), raise it up, knuckles facing forwards, make a strong fist and then take your middle finger of that hand and stick it up to Cancer. Hell, if you feel like raising both hands up and making the same symbolic gesture – go for it. Let’s call it our personal salute to the Big C.
Now get on with it – love, hug, laugh and cry and look at perspective positively.
That’s what I’m going to do. That’s what we have go to do.