It might not be obvious to people why cancer patients keep counting their healthy days, especially random numbers like 615. Well, for me it turns out to be a reminder of what I have overcome and a burst of encouragement.
Eight months have passed since I started my job as a teacher and even though most of the effects from cancer are gone I need to continue with my checkups regularly. I love my job and the fact that I can contribute to build a little part of other people’s future.
My health continues to be stable and I am feeling good. Most days are great and I have the energy to accomplish everything but like it is for everyone I have bad days were I struggle to keep my head up and continue to rebuild what we lost in the past.
I continue to take one day at the time (a valuable lesson from chemo) because sometimes the “distractions” of life try to take my peace and joy away. I like to start my day saying a prayer before I open my eyes “Thank you for this day Lord. Please give the strength to my body and my mind to succeed today”. I also have kept visual reminders around me to understand that every day is precious and there is no time waste in negative feelings.
Basically I am thankful that more days were added to my life. I am thankful that I have been able to care for my family for these 615 days. I am thankful that I was able to work again after I spend over one year in bed. My job is a blessing in more ways than just a paycheck. I am thankful for every precious life that passes through my classroom and I hope that God uses the days I have left to bless their lives.
I learned that happiness is a daily decision. I know that I have everything that I need to enjoy life, God, my health and valuable people next to me. I hope my testimony can encourage others that struggle with illnesses that take their joy and hope away from them. If we are not here on earth to take care of each other what other reason could it be?