Positive. For. Cancer. That is a weird way to be informed of your diagnosis. When you find out you have cancer it is usually the result of a biopsy and the doctor says something like “I’m really sorry to inform you that your biopsy results came back positive for cancer.”
No one actually knows what the doctor says after those three words. Once you hear the word “cancer” your mind typically darts off to some dark place and stays there until you can start scouring the internet for more information (which can take you to even darker places!).
I don’t know why diagnostic jargon is what it is, but I actually like the term Positive For Cancer. My feelings toward cancer are pretty simple — it is a Monster. And while the details of the Monster(s) I am battling are in another blog entry, I wanted to highlight the most important part of my treatment plan. I will undergo a major mouth surgery, radiation of the mouth and throat, and chemotherapy — the cancer treatment triumvirate. But the most prolific part of my treatment is positivity.
The outcome we are hoping for is to be cancer free and to remain that way the rest of my life. But my quest is to do as Neal Maxwell (former leader in my church) described by partaking of a bitter cup without becoming bitter.
I am grateful for the powerful support of so many great people in my life at this time. I hope to have a positive impact on others that are battling their own Monsters and like me are looking for the strength to endure well. I don’t yet know how or what that impact will be, but I know the opportunity will present itself and that I will be ready. In the meantime, I hope that sharing my experiences on this blog will be at least a small help for some.