Life is . . .

It has been awhile since I have written a post. I have no excuse because those aren’t really something winners use. I hope you are well.

I don’t think there is a word that is dreaded more in the English Language than cancer. I remember the day my wife got diagnosed like it was yesterday. My life went from completely normal to panic, chaos and sadness in about 30 seconds.

Life is short. If cancer has taught me anything, it’s how short life really is. Life can change in a matter of seconds and literally flip your world upside down. My wife was diagnosed the day before Thanksgiving in 2014. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and other times if feels like a lifetime. Regardless of the stage the cancer is diagnosed, it has has this way of turning your life into complete panic mode. Every fear you have ever had is coming to light right in front of you and there is no way to stop it.

This one word that we are so afraid of, has this awful way of making you feel like death is knocking on your family’s door.

Life is unexpected. Life has this awful way of ripping the ground out from under you right when things start to feel normal and stable. Nobody goes to bed at night and thinks that they themselves or their loved one is going to be diagnosed with cancer the next day.

It’s an awful curve ball life just kind of throws at you. You get this devastating news and have to make all of these critical decisions in a short amount of time. Your life becomes entirely different than it was yesterday. Enjoy every moment, you never know what will happen tomorrow.

Life is Love. Appreciate your loved ones. I think this is one of the biggest lessons that have come from “The C word” entering my life. We get so caught up in life that without knowing it, we neglect many of the relationships with the people most important to us. We forget to call. Nowadays, cell phone usage is the way of the world. Most programs associated with the phone gives you as many minutes as you can use and the term “long distance” is almost obsolete. Even then, do we make as many calls as we should. I think not.

We forget to write. We forget to appreciate our loved ones without even realizing it. Cancer has taught me to never go a day without telling the important people in my life that I love them. It only takes a few minutes to make a phone call or send a text to “check in.” Don’t push aside the people who mean the most. Writing has also changed. Sending a letter by mail is just about obsolete. Nobody sends postcards or jots down a note, puts it in an envelope, puts a stamp on the outside, and allows it to be delivered by the post office. Nowadays, we use email, text, facebook, instagram and so many other electronic versions of writing. Yet do we make the contact to the important people in our lives?

Life is Good. Don’t forget to enjoy the good things in life. With everything hectic happening around us, it is so easy to get caught up and forget how to have fun or how to enjoy the simple, happy, moments.

So many of the great memories that we are making, we will never get to experience again. Put your phone down. Live in the moment. Enjoy every ounce of good that life has to offer you.

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