It's the morning after Election Day 2020 and there's still no decision that's been made on who our President will be for the next four years. As I sip on my first cup of coffee and look out the window at the beautiful day that God has graced me with, I decide to turn off the television and take a walk outside. I breathe in the crisp, fresh air that has been gifted to me and close my eyes to allow the sunshine to rest on my face and warm my cheeks. There's not a whole lot of positive things that come from a cancer diagnoses, but I think we can all agree that the battle changes us; we no longer take for granted the little "happies" that life gives us and we choose to view life differently. We do this because we know how fragile it is and how quickly it can be taken from us. Those of us who have recently been diagnosed with cancer, are currently battling cancer, have won the fight against cancer or have lost the fight against cancer — we are all a part of a common group. Though we may not have the same political beliefs, the same color of skin, the same religions, the same opinions...we all have cancer, and that unites us in a way that only we can comprehend. Cancer doesn't care about who wins this election, in face, cancer doesn't care about any of this; cancer truly knows no boundaries, cancer brings us together. It's a scary statement, yet it's a reality that—in a way—makes me feel like I have a home, a support group, a judgement-free territory and a zone of comfort among all of you...my charismatic, strong, loving, cancer-chemo-cocktail divas.
Whatever the outcome may be from this election, it's difficult to ignore the inevitable division that our country will be faced with following the aftermath. I pray that there is no hate, no violence, no vandalism. I pray for love and togetherness. It's important for each of you to know that you can find comfort, inclusivity, love and support in us. Who would have thought that cancer could have ever brought us something positive? We're choosing to find the silver lining is our diagnosis all while juggling struggles and discomfort happening around us, and WE are that silver lining. We have each other.
I want to leave each of you a quote that I stumbled across a few days ago, and I hope that it spreads some feel-good happy to you after reading it too.
"After the elections are over, your neighbors will still be your neighbors. Trump won't be there to ring up your groceries; your neighbors will. Biden won't be there to fix your car or help you out with yard work; your neighbors will. Both Trump and Biden will still be in their deathly political world, and we'll be in ours. They'll both be doing their thing, while you and I live together, work together, learn together, shop together, eat together, worship together, and pump our gas next to one another. We are what makes America great. We are the ones who choose to be decent, loving, caring and compassionate human beings. We, the people, choose to shape our communities. Not them."
And one more:
"The truth is, our future won’t be determined by who we choose to lead us this week. It will be determined by how we act after we do."
Cancer, Chemo, Cocktails & Love,