As I sit in the Infusion Room at Florida Cancer Specialists, I am surrounded by a lot of hurting people. My fellow patients were just living an ordinary life, when life threw them a curveball. Their lives will never be the same. Their family and friends will never be the same.
Life can change in a moment. None of my fellow overcomers were planning to deal with cancer or other health issues they are currently battling. Most were probably going to work everyday and trying to provide for their families. They probably had plans to take vacations and for some others to enjoy retirement. Then life threw them a big curveball. Most probably never saw it coming. I know I didn’t. I wasn’t prepared for my life to dramatically change. I am sure my fellow patients were not prepared for the curveball that came their way.
As I look around this room, I see stories of overcoming. I see people doing everything they can to get their old life back, but embracing their new one. I see some faces that have been on this journey for a long time and I also see people who are just starting the journey. We are all trying to navigate this new reality. Some are doing better than others, but everyone is battling.
As you go through life today, remember everyone is dealing with something. With some, you can see their pain. It is written all over their body. But there are others that the pain is not easily visible. Everyone’s journey looks different. That is why it is so important to treat people with love and respect. To live a life of compassion. Because you never know what curveball has been thrown their way. ~OC
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