CancerRoadTrip: A Mission To Heal
Healing with (or from) cancer is a lifetime endeavor for many of us. Those three words–“you have cancer”– send our lives off on a different trajectory, not one we wished for or planned. But healing is possible. Thriving is possible. It just isn’t always easy or instantaneous. And the path is probably not what you initially imagined.
CancerRoadTrip has evolved since the early days when I simply found myself #HomelessWithCancer. I hope I have too. I’ll let you be the judge as you read this blog.
Like all good stories, I’ve had my share of ups and downs. Healing has not been an straight line. I bob and weave; I live (thankfully so far) and learn. More and more I’ve come to see my journey as a learning adventure. But isn’t that true for all of us?
Travel can be an opportunity for a reset. New places, people and ideas offer new, previously unthought of paths.
If you could reset your life, reset your opportunity to heal, how would you do it?
What would you choose?
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The Power of Stories
Stories have such wisdom. I’ve become particularly fond of some of the zen tales. I like their lack of conclusion, their openness to possibility and ultimately their sense of impermanence.
One story in particular speaks to me. It’s about a farmer who finds himself experiencing events that seem to be setbacks only to have them become opportunities:
Zen Story: Maybe
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer.
CancerRoadTrip is my story of “Maybe”. But, I hope, with a happy ending for myself and many more.
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