2.07.2012

Perspective on a Tuesday evening.

And then every so often, something completely takes your breath away.

Tonight I stumbled onto a Facebook profile of a woman who was a few years ahead of me at Muhlenberg. I think she might have been an R.A.; regardless, I recognized her and remembered her as a leader. Her most recent status update was a photo of herself in a hospital bed, holding a fighter's stance with her fists. And the caption? "Come here, lymphoma. I'm going to knock you out!"

Fast forward 30 minutes and now I've just read through the past 6 months of her life. She's married with a little boy. Late last year they thought she might have ovarian cancer. After tests and blood work, surgery and the like, they discovered that it's lymphoma.

Sad, right? Obviously. But here's the thing. When she posted what the diagnosis was, she started out the message with "Finally! A diagnosis!!" And almost every one of her updates is insanely positive, exclamation points galore, the brightest outlook I've literally ever read.

When I encounter someone like this, I have no patience for people making excuses in their lives. Our time here is short. It's time to live the exact life you want.

4 comments:

Kelley said...

Love this! It is the truth my friend.

ev said...

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.” -George Bernard Shaw

Jen said...

Ev, I love it.

Anne said...

I, too have a friend like this. She was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and has been incredibly positive in every way, even through increasingly negative diagnoses. I think of her every day.