Most of you will not have heard of the blood cancer Myeloma. It is yet “another” cancer and it lies within the bone marrow, arising from plasma cells.
I certainly hadn’t and was thrust into this world, after a random blood test due to fatigue, in October 2016. Being one of those annoying people who didn’t even have a regular GP and only frequented the doctor’s office during my two pregnancies, this was the biggest wake up call of my life.
The last seven and a half years have been challenging to say the least, but we all have our challenges, right? They just choose to present in different forms. That is the beautiful depiction of human existence, from which none of us is immune.
The only control we have is how we react to what is thrown our way. Which direction do we choose to let propel us? To be truthful, it has sent me in all sorts of directions, as it has my family and those closest to me. I have had to navigate this experience day by day, sometimes hour by hour, particularly during the most testing times.
To endure doesn’t mean you have to suffer. However, at key moments, I truly required divine intervention to hang in there. This often presented in the form of an act of compassion from a beautiful human, who made me believe I could just keep on going just that little bit longer. I had a couple of nurses in hospital who played this role like they were angels sent from heaven.
As the saying goes… this too shall pass and eventually it did. Painfully at times but it did. I have never understood having to live in the moment or even each “minute” more than I do now.
I unequivocally believe, with every challenge comes a hidden blessing, if we choose to look hard enough.
I am still here, currently in remission, with life to live, however long. None of us knows, but I am determined to continue to create stories and memories that fill my soul and hopefully touch the heart of others.
We are all in this together. No one is immune. Let’s show compassion in whatever way we can as it is TRULY where the human MAGIC lies.