Unexpected Joys

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We are coming down to the last few letters in the A to Z Challenge and I feel we’ve covered a lot of ground. I hope I have told you enough about How To Climb The Eiffel Tower to entice you to read the book when it is released in October, but not given too much away.

While I was writing the book, I had time to reflect on my own cancer experience in 2002. Today I want to talk about some of the unexpected joys that I experienced because of my cancer journey. We tend to concentrate on the rotten parts of cancer (and there are many rotten parts) but there are some glimmers of joy that are worth remembering, such as:

  • A card in the mail from an old friend. There is nothing like the possibility of death to reconnect you with your old friends. It’s nice to hear from them.
  • Meals or flowers from total strangers. When I was going through my own cancer experience, I was overwhelmed by the number of people that brought my family casseroles and homemade pies.
  • The changing of the seasons. When you are forced to slow down to a crawl and have no energy to do anything, you notice the subtle changes in the trees and flowers from day to day.
  • Valet parking or drop off service. Nobody makes a bald woman that looks like death warmed over park in a parking garage.
  • Audio books. I listened to 60 books-on-tape during 2002. I don’t remember many of them, but I seem to remember enjoying them.
  • Gallows humor. Cancer patients are very funny people.

Can you think of a time in your life that you decided to concentrate on the joyful parts of your day rather than the rotten parts? Did it help?

THIS POST IS PART OF THE BLOGGING FROM A TO Z CHALLENGE. FOR THE 2014 CHALLENGE, I WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING BITS AND PIECES OF RESEARCH AND BACKGROUND ON MY UPCOMING NOVEL, HOW TO CLIMB THE EIFFEL TOWER. PLEASE CLICK HERE OR ON THE BADGE TO THE LEFT TO SEE THE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PARTICIPATING BLOGS.

 

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