This week (April 3-9) is Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week and we’ve invited guest blogger Michelle Malavet to share her thoughts on Copelink. Michelle, who is a writer and visual artist in New York City, came to CancerCare for support after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
Michelle has just published her first book, Cancerland and The Other Side of Sick, a quick and inspiring read about the journey from “diagnosis to empowerment.” Michelle has donated copies of the book for free distribution to CancerCare clients as a way of giving back for the help she received from our specialized services for young adults.
Read Michelle’s post below, and check out her book at www.othersideofsick.org.
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My Little Red Dictionary
by Michelle Malavet
Living on The Other Side of Sick, my life is full of wonderment. I carry a little red dictionary most everywhere I go. I love words, especially words that rhyme, like “ignite” and “light,” or “cancer” and “answer.”
Whenever I have a question in my life, my pocket-sized companion offers clarity and distinction. It has provided answers to many questions along my cancer survivor/thriver journey, including, “Why me? Why did I get cancer?”
My little red dictionary defines these words as:
why, adv. for what cause.
me, pron. objective case of I.
get, v., acquire; capture; achieve power over.
cancer, n. potentially unlimited growth that expands.
So whenever you ask, “Why me? Why did I get cancer?” consider that you are actually asking:
“For what cause am I? For what cause did I acquire potentially unlimited growth that expands?”
These are very powerful questions.
Continually answering them has helped me express who I am as a cancer survivor/thriver. One can say that these questions are my journey.
Everyday, I am on a mission to inspire anyone living with cancer to fully express themselves. That is my “why.” That is my cause.
Today I woke up wondering, “What is a miracle?” What to know the definition in my little red dictionary? Please write to me, and share what you discover: firstname.lastname@example.org.