What Cancer Can Do

Cancer can renew our faith in God
Renew our faith in our fellow man

Cancer can unite a family
Unite a community

Cancer can bring forgiveness
Bring kindness to one another

Cancer can teach us to appreciate all the little things
Bring out the best in people

Cancer can teach patience and respect
Teach acceptance of others

Cancer can bring to the surface bravery and courage
Give us strength we never knew we had

Cancer can make you cry with great emotion
Give many and tighter hugs

Cancer can give you an amazing hat, scarf, and wig collection
Make you laugh at your bald head

Cancer can make a great excuse for naps
Give you gifts from family, friends, and strangers

Cancer can introduce you to amazing nurses, doctors, technicians, and therapists
To many others battling cancer

Cancer makes you realize you need to slow your life down
Take a deep breath and really look inside yourself

Cancer can make you smile at someone and mean it
Make you want to pay it forward to those who follow

Cancer can make you thankful to wake up each and every day
Make you philosophical about your life

Cancer can make you love deeper
Forge lasting friendships

Cancer can make you say “I love you” to family and friends a little more often
Make you do those things you thought you didn’t have time for

Cancer can soften the hardest of hearts
Make grown men cry when before tears never rolled down those cheeks

Cancer can make you tough
Make you a better friend, a better person

Cancer can make you more compassionate
Make you generous, polite, and a little bit feisty

Cancer can knock you on your ass
But it can’t keep you down

Cancer can sap all your energy
But it can’t steal your strength and faith

Cancer can do many things
But it cannot crush the human spirit

Cancer can make you stronger than cancer
Cancer creates survivors

Cancer changes your life forever
Cancer can be defeated

 

Karen M. Fries
November 25, 2012

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