This morning when I came in I asked Cetta how she was, she sounded tired and just said, "I'm doing alright." I was almost afraid to ask about her husband, and when I did, she looked at me and said, "Oh, you haven't heard?" I shook my head no, and tears came to her eyes and she leaned over and whispered, almost as if she were whispering a prayer, "The cancer is gone."
Then it was my turn for tears to come to my eyes. She came over and hugged me and said, "God Is Good, and you were right."
The man that asked Cetta about her husband was overjoyed too, he kept saying over and over again, "That's wonderful! That's wonderful! I'm so happy for him!" And then he told us that he too had cancer and he was undergoing chemotherapy. He said when the doctor told him about the cancer his response was, "Just tell me what it is so I can deal with it and get on with my life. I don't have time for this." And then he went on to tell us a little bit about his life, his marriage, children, grandchildren, and how he had survived a couple of wars, and he had survived a couple of bouts with cancer, and then he told us that he was eighty years old!!! I was stunned! He looked wonderful, and so happy, and so full of life, and so, so grateful!
He also said he liked being on chemotherapy because he was a 'clothes horse' and he loved that his clothes were now fitting him again! He said he needed to lose a little weight anyway!
And he told us that this latest bout of cancer was "just a blip on the screen"! And then he went on to tell us all the things he was looking forward to, all that he had planned for this Spring and Summer, he said that he was happy that the beaches were opening tomorrow and he'd be walking them every other day, and swimming, and he's going back to boxing with his mates a few nights a week to keep in shape!
The man's attitude was infectious, and we all smiled at his enthusiasm for life. I hope I can adopt this outlook on life, and the next time there's a blip on the screen of my life I hope I remember "to deal with it so I can get on with my life"!