Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Things you don't notice until...

Life's funny...

I've been watching a lot of movies lately... call it 'Netflix and Chill', if you will. We've made a game out of noticing the bikes that pop up in the background. Like children with an attention disorder or a dog that suddenly notices a squirrel: We simultaneously blurt out "BIKES!" and then grin like fools.

We missed this Hitchcock cameo because we were focused on the bikes in the background.
You never notice how often bikes are used in movies and television until you become a cyclist.

When I started going through my separation, the vast number of movies based on the topic of 'Love Lost' became evident. Constant reminders that there are many others going through what you're going through. You're not the only one going through this... you can get through this just like everyone else is.

Then, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I noticed so many commercials, fundraisers and news items about CANCER. Ugh, I wanted to find some respite from it, but the  reminders were everywhere! I chalked it up to the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month... this perpetual barrage would end soon, right?
November came and went and cancer was still all up in my business... cancer is everywhere. Movies about dealing with cancer, bald children on TV asking for donations, a commercial about some new cancer drug, a news item about some new cancer therapy...
Everyone has cancer. Those who don't have it know someone with cancer, are helping them in some way or working to find a cure or prevent it. You can't escape it, you can't hide from cancer.
My doctor told me long ago when a elderly family member was diagnosed with lymphoma: "If you live long enough, cancer will find you."

You're not the only one going through this... you can get through this just like everyone else is.

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