Experiencing Cancer, Experiencing Life

Hello my name is Shawn White, I am a person with cancer and have faced all sorts of challenges in my journey.  Some have been OK but most have been terrible, but that’s the nature of the journey.  If cancer were something that was this really great thing, then people would be taking summer vacations to visit.  Now that’s not to say that there aren’t good things about it, it is just, as well all know: not the most fun adventure.

I believe that it is important to remember though, it is an adventure.  We sometimes forget that this disease is a part of our life, life by its very nature is meant to be experienced.  I think it’s important from time to time to take a breath and calm down.  We need to look at our lives and think about the experience we are going through, ask ourselves: do we want more from our life than just the pursuit of survival?

I fight not to defeat the monster inside of me.  I don’t wake up each day to stop the cancer within my body.  I am not here to overcome cancer in a physical way.  I am here on this beautiful earth to experience life, to create a legacy and to do something that increases the value of existence for other people.  The pain, agony and finality of my cancer simply reinforces I have a limited amount of time on this world.  To make an impact I need to pursue my passions, achieve my dreams and live life by my terms and not the insanity of my disease.

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