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NEW OUTLOOK
rather it be this life or the next. Thank you
for allowing me to somehow bring peace and
comfort to many. Thank you for showing me
the true definition of having grace for one's
self, because let's face it, some days are hard,
like so unbelievably hard. There's no way I
would be able to overcome those days without
grace for myself. You taught me this valuable
lesson in the most brutal of ways and I thank
you for that. Thank you for showing me how
bullheaded I can be and set in my ways I have
become. This has carried me further than I
could have ever imagined.
Thank you for taking my world and capsizing it in the worst way possible. Thank
you for sinking my peaceful ship. Thank you
for almost drowning me. Thank you for the
near-death experience, just so I could truly see
how beautiful this life really is. Thank you for
opening my eyes up to the most beautiful and
simplest of things. Like the way the morning
dew hugs the grass like a warm embrace. The
way the sun sets and rises each day, no matter how bad the day has been. There's always
that gentle reminder of a new tomorrow and
how it is never fully promised. Thank you
for allowing me to truly taste the coffee and
smell the roses.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity
to become the mom, I otherwise would not
have been. I like to think she is a much more
understanding mom. One who teaches her
girls valuable lessons about life, struggles, how
little time we actually have and how that time
is absolutely precious. One who has showed
them firsthand that everyone has a story and
to never judge anyone, since you never know
the miles someone has walked to get to where
they are today.
You shaped me into the person I am today,
this person who sees how beautiful, short and
fragile life truly is. I'm sorry you had to die
in the worst way possible. I'm sorry I couldn't
have held space for you, it was completely
impossible. Just know, part of me died right
along with you, a huge part of me. Your death
was not in vain and you did not die alone. I
carry you with me each and every day, which
at times, is a really hard
and heavy load to carry.
I want you to know that
from the deepest parts
of my heart, I sincerely
thank you.
JESSICA BRILEY

Dear Cancer...

Dear cancer,
You taught me the true meaning of perspective. Perspective is everything. You never know what someone else is going through. Before judging a situation or a person, stop and take a second to appreciate
what you have and to do your best to understand where the person is coming from, what may be going
on in their lives. Know that the 'small things' are just that...SMALL. THINGS. Know that the air in
your lungs and the people that surround you are truly the most important things in this world.
Dear cancer, you taught me to find the beauty in my everyday life. Find it in everything. Dance
in the rain. Find the laughter. Find the happiness. There is beauty in everything if you look for it.
Fill your soul with it day in and day out. You taught me to look for the light. Find the positive in
whatever may come your way. Find a way to laugh at challenging situations. You will learn that
they will make you stronger and propel you forwards in your life. Overcoming difficulties is what
makes the simple things in life more meaningful and vivid.
Dear cancer, you taught me to slow down. As a mom of two young boys, this has almost been an
impossible task, but I have learned how important it is. Slow. Down. Everything will be there when
you finally get to it. Fresh air will do the soul good. Whenever you feel stressed, sad, tired, bored,
lonely: go outside and take a deep breath of fresh air. You will be surprised at how renewing this is.
Dear cancer, you taught me to be thankful for all that I have. No, my life may not look like everything I wanted or wished for, but if you stop to look at what you DO have instead of what you
lack, you will be surprised to find how amazing you truly have it. You taught me to continue to be
KIND. KINDNESS MATTERS more than you know. Something as simple as smiling at someone
else can change someone's day. Always choose kindness.
Dear cancer, you taught me not to sweat the small stuff. It may not always feel like small stuff,
but when a difficult moment arises, rather than get upset and feel negative about it, ask yourself:
can I think of at least 3 reasons to smile right now?
Dear cancer, you taught me that it does in fact take a VILLAGE. There is absolutely, positively
no way I would have made it even a DAY of this insanely difficult journey without the family
and friends that I am blessed to have in my life. Not a chance. I owe my strength to my village.
Dear cancer, you taught me to put my health first and to advocate for myself. What do we have
if we don't have our health? TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Eat well. Exercise. You get ONE LIFE.
ONE BODY. Take care of it. NO EXCUSES.
Dear cancer, you taught me to stop wasting time. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Do things that
make you happy NOW. Spend time with people who bring you joy. Don't be afraid to say NO to
things or people that do not make your heart sing.
Dear cancer, you taught me to live in the moment. PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN. Enjoy things
as they happen, not through a screen. You'd be surprised at how much you are actually missing.
Dear cancer, you taught me to speak up. Tell the people that you love how much you love them.
Every single day. As much as possible. Why? Because you CAN.
Dear cancer, you taught me to be present. Stop living in the past. Don't live in the future. Live
in the present, for the now. Appreciate everything you have to the fullest while you can. Stop
waiting for things to happen. Don't waste your life away in the waiting.
Dear cancer, you taught me that life isn't about THINGS, it's about PEOPLE. It's about connections. It's about the relationships that you have. It's about how you choose to spend your time
and your energy.
Dear cancer, you taught me to let go of people's opinions of me. You taught me that I am the
only one who knows my truth. Do what makes YOU happy, do what is best for YOUR family. The
people who don't understand that are not meant to be in your life.
Dear cancer, you taught me that it is never too late. It is never too late to change your life. It is
never too late to change your habits. It is never too late to begin again.
Dear cancer, you taught me the true meaning of what it is to fight. To
be brave. To have courage. You tried to take my life this year, cancer...
but I vow, for every damn day from this moment on that I get to live,
I will certainly LIVE it. To the fullest. Every freaking moment of it...
I promise you that.
LISA ORR

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