The year "Run a half-marathon" made the top of my resolutions list, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. All of 2010's resolutions were put on hold. I had a new resolution, one I didn't dare put words to until long after treatment, when the idea of being in remission could finally be entertained.
During eight months of chemotherapy and radiation, my brother-in-law asked me, "what do you do differently since you've been diagnosed?" It's a question I'm sure many cancer patients get asked, but it haunted me. How could I make sure that my experience meant something? How would I move on carefully and considerately, without forgetting all the pain that I had endured to get myself there?
As a test, I wrote out answers to the question. Things I would do differently:
- Acknowledge my capability every time I went for a run.
- Savour the decadence of pekking duck.
- Advocate for what I believed in.
- Spend time with my family...