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In what ways has cancer changed your life for the better?

Posted by Jen Patient Expert

While there is nothing I wouldn't do to change what my son experienced or give to have him back, his having cancer forced me to cherish every second that I had with him, and also to recognize the beauty and miracle of everyday things, such as the uniqueness of individual snowflakes, or the warmth of the sun on my face.  When Owen was still alive, it was cherishing feeling his warm skin against mine, and listening to his breath, his heartbeat, smelling that scent that was his alone...

  It made me realize that that "small stuff" that used to bother me wasn't such a big deal after all, and that I will never again complain about having a cold after what he went through...

  Cancer made me appreciate every kiss, and hold on just a little bit longer than I might have otherwise when giving or receiving a hug.  You never appreciate something more than you do when you know you are going to lose it. 

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This is so true and most of the time we don't realize such great moments until they are gone, but they have taught us to be a greater person and to appreciate all the little things in life.
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