Why would you go on living? Life can be such a lemon
Yet another good friend of mine is fighting with a serious cancer. I am sure that any of you have similar issues; perhaps you, friends, or family members are affected. The outlook is outright bleak in terms of the odds of getting cancer throughout your lifetime. What do you do when fate is handing you such a big lemon?
The question of quality of life will come up eventually. Friends and family will think about it. Whoever is affected by this terrible disease will think about it. Some might even openly discuss it. Why would you go on suffering? When is enough, enough? When will hope finally let you down?
Yes, there is a lot of suffering, but there is an awful lot of living too. It may be the blessing of the long good-bye, and then again you may end up getting cured. Let hope go last. In the meantime there are a lot of people who depend on you, they suffer and laugh with you, and they will look up to you. They are inspired by you.
Then consider all the things that are truly important to you. How much of your must-do list are checked off? How about that wedding or the grand child you wanted to greet upon arrival? Is that not worth living and suffering for?
The initial chaos of any bad diagnosis will soon give way to new routines and your new “normalcy”. That will also include humor and laughter.
Pick up a bag of sugar and then start making lemonade of the lemons life shoves your way. You can only make a difference when you are here with us. That is the legacy that you can leave behind, which will be eternal. Leave that for last though.
PS: Praying extra hard for my friend tonight and for anyone who is going through hard times