Way back February 25, 2012 when I first started my blog I only carried with me random thoughts on my personal view on life, love and happiness… from a medical perspective so to speak and as how I indicated it on the subtitle. Exactly though, a year later, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer Stage 2A… Drastic shift in thought as an introduction to this new entry of mine for this year 2013.
My blog will focus on the journey I take hand in hand with the big C but allow me to open with this reality that Cancer is not a sentence but just a word.
My father saved my life. How? It was roughly 4:30 in the afternoon, February 26, 2013, when he gave me a call to consult a worker who was apparently a victim of a colleague who did not want to issue him a fit to work medical certificate (not to dwell into the details) but since I was left handed when answering my phone I supported my left arm with my right arm crossed and with a snap of a finger I felt the lump that has changed my perspective on life ever since.
I immediately called my colleague and good friend who was a surgeon. I had my sonomammogram and breast ultrasound on February 28, 2013 and while I was standing having my breast undergo mammogram, thank God for the nice ambiance (pink lights) and nice sounds I did not have a syncopal attack upon seeing my plate in front of me – imagine seeing a palm tree bended to its right with two coconut fruits on it, medically speaking, so “not good” since being a doctor I knew it were enlarged
lymph nodes and lymph nodes basically ain’t good.
At that point in time trials did come in three’s: work, health and life 101. At that point it was a stark reality that a Higher Power can take away things in a blink of a second not to punish us but rather teach us lessons that have been repeated to us ever since but we were too busy or just basically evasive that it needed to be learned and realized at that time when it was being presented to us.
As usual my life was lived again on the fast lane but this time health-wise from the point of diagnosis till the day I underwent a Radical Mastectomy to remove the tumor up to my chemotherapy which is ongoing as of present writing with five (5) more to go! All in a span of less than thirty days (30) I underwent hardcore trials in courage, determination and most of all faith.
My blog will come in episodes as I take my journey in the bungee jump from physician to patient with hopes that somehow I can make a difference in your lives, my readers, in my own small way.
I end my entry for today with an excerpt from Paulo Coelho’s book Manuscript Found in Accra and which exactly summarizes the message I wish to relay in my coming entries:
Even if you were to study your own life in detail and relive each moment that you suffered, sweated, and smiled beneath the sun, you would still never know exactly when you had been useful to someone else. A life is never useless. Each soul that came down to Earth is here for a reason.
The people who really help others are not trying to be useful, but are simply leading a useful life. They rarely give advice, but serve as an example.
Do one thing. Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams. This may not seem very important to you, but God, who sees all, knows that the example you give is helping Him to improve the world. And each day, He will bestow more blessings upon it.
Sharing one of Brian Mc Knight’s beautiful ballad “Home”…