I was wondering if like me, experiance of cancer has changed you as a person and if so in what way for it has changed me in several differnt ways. Let me explain.
The first change came about while I was having radiotherapy for prostate cancer. The morning of my third session I walked into the waiting room and brightly asked everyon how they were. When I sat down I realized I had never done that before as in waiting rooms or queues of people it was very rare for me to speak unless spoken too and then my reply was often just a one word reply. I have continued like this ever since. It was almost like someone had found a hidden switch on me. The group of people in the waiting room became almost like family over the next few weeks and I am still in contact with three couple who like me, the husbands were having riadiotherapy for prostate cancer. Incidentally I had by far the highest psa of all of them but ended up with the lowest so how lucky was that.
Since my treatment ended I have joined up with several cancer charities and this forum, something I would never ever have contemplated doing pre-cancer. I find I look at life differntly now and as a person, I apperciate the simple little things in life so much more than ever before. I am more tolerant and understanding than before. In fact I feel that after my good results, I feel like a new person and wouldnt want to return to how I used to be. I much prefer the new me. I also have a need to try and help others traveling their cancer journey.
Cancer is a life changing experiance but in my case, luckily it has been for the better. I have even told a few people that if I had a rewind button and could wind my life back to before I had cancer, and could then chose a path without or the one with the cancer, I would chose the one with the cancer. I am genuine about this. My aim has been to use my experiance of cancer to try and help others.
So now I've told you my story, how has cancer changed your life? I think we can all help each other by sharing our stories. I look forward to hearing your stories, Brian