Hope is a critical part of the cancer journey, and it has been for me. I describe it in a couple different ways.
First of all, as someone who knows God, I have found so much hope through that relationship. Someone who loves and cares for me and walks with me, even when life gets tough, even when I’m in the pit, that there’s that hope of that love and care, even if I face something like cancer.
And then on the other side, I will say, medical hope has been critical, too. Just what that can bring to your life when you see that maybe you can defy the odds, maybe the standard of care for cancer, maybe there are ways to break through that, and even your diagnosis.
When I’ve talked to different people facing cancer, I see a tendency where people want to wear their diagnosis around their neck like some sort of albatross, and hope takes that diagnosis and they cut free those chains and they’re able to live in this place where the day is a clear, sunny day. Where they have this expectation of good, even though they walk through a very difficult place. And that’s what I would say hope is for people.