Bravery

I was reminded this morning that not only is it blinking freezing in England in winter but also that not everyone is as fortunate as me.  For some people cancer is a horrifically scary journey and for those young diagnosed it must seem harder.  They have their life ahead of them, there is an eagerness to finish up at school, college, university and a rush to get on with life.  There are dreams of a future, a partnership, perhaps a family, pets, a property or career, a wedding, travel or a family Christmas.  Never in their mind would they have included cancer in their future and never in their mind would they think that they’re fighting to survive.  However this is a reality for so many people.  We hear of the great survivorship statistics and the improvements there have been in surgery and treatment.  We don’t hear about the concerns of recurrence or the statistics that don’t make it.  In the breast cancer world, I’m still hearing about girls who have been refused scans because ‘they’re too young’, only for them to discover months or even years later that they had cancer – usually the delay has meant a more aggressive stage too.

Let’s forget the myths.  Cancer DOES happen to the young and the beautiful.

I’ve spoken before about the lovely Jolene and once again, am asking that anyone reading this, spends a while thinking, praying, hoping (whatever you can) for her recovery.  She’s once again struggling and we need to support her.

A friend posted this song this morning for Jolene (ignore the video but the song and words are so poignant) click here

Brave by Jamie O’Neal

I been down about as low as anyone can get
The whole world was closin’ in
Couldn’t find a friend
No one else could help me
Had to walk through the fire alone
Life has brought me to my knees
And faith had led me home

Let the storm rage around me
I will stand, I will fight
And when the darkness surrounds me
I will make my own light
I may not win every battle
But I’ll get stronger with every fear I face
And I’ll be brave

I can be courageous and still be so afraid
I’ve discovered pain is the beginning to a change
Somewhere deep inside us
There’s a strength we don’t know we have
Just when you think you can’t go on
Suddenly there’s a path

Let the storm rage around me
I will stand, I will fight
And when the darkness surrounds me
I will make my own light
I may not win every battle
But I’ll get stronger with every fear I face
And I’ll be brave

Every time I get back up it gets harder to knock me down
‘Cause my soul’s on steady ground

Let the storm rage around me
I will stand, I will fight
And when the darkness surrounds me
I will make my own light
I may not win every battle
But I’ll get stronger with every fear I face
And I’ll be brave

I’ll be brave

No matter what age, no matter what diagnosis or wellness, being brave is difficult sometimes.

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