Pathway to Hope #1
Why We Need Hope
If you are reading this, no doubt we have a lot in common. By that, I mean that we are both part of a club that we did not seek nor sign up for—the club of cancer.
Our diagnosis and story are probably very different, but many similar thoughts and experiences come with this journey. And honestly, not all of them are bad. But when I talk with other people facing cancer, there is often a mutual understanding that wow, this road is tough.
For me, when I first heard my diagnosis, it was as if I was pushed into a prison cell, the steel door clanking shut behind me. There was no escape, and the life I loved seemed gone forever.
Can you relate?
Perhaps, like me, this journey has caused you to think a lot about hope—which I didn’t consider much about until mine was threatened.
Something critical I’ve learned about it: the absence of hope reveals just how vital it is.
In fact, probably the hardest parts of my journey have been those times when I have lost hope. It felt like all the joy and zest was drained from my life. I became dead, before I actually was dead.
And then, when I gained a deeper understanding of the power of hope, it radically redefined my cancer journey for the better.
I want other people facing cancer to find it, too, which is why I wrote this series of articles, “The Pathway to Hope.”
Before cancer, I thought hope was abstract or wishy washy, something that looks good on a bumper sticker or as part of a charity name, but ultimately lacks any real substance. Yet now I understand its true vitality. Hope is the belief of a good outcome, one that continues to drive us and move us toward a goal despite opposing forces that scream the opposite.
When I was first diagnosed, several doctors told me that I wouldn’t live past a year. As a husband and new father, this was devastating. But for me, when I found hope, it became more than a mere abstraction, but something solid to stand on, even when all around me crumbled. Hope has given me the strength to live productively through the present, despite challenges and threats. And there have definitely been a lot of threats.
When I’ve had hope, my life felt like a Colorado summer day—crystalline blue sky overhead with jaw-dropping peaks as a back drop (I love the Centennial State!). But when I have lost hope, I have felt like I slipped into a dark canyon—from which I cannot escape.
What about you, on your cancer journey thus far, how hopeful would you say you are? Or what has helped you keep going?
Maybe you are in a place where you have lost all hope. You feel so low after your diagnosis, or even failed treatment, that you might even be reading this in a fog.
Or maybe you’ve endured treatment and achieved a good result but now you feel lost—your life has been restored but somehow it feels different, never to return.
Like me, the possibility of recurrence probably terrifies you.
No matter what your situation, I can say with confidence that hope is what you need most.
In the next Pathway, I’m going to share more about how I found real and lasting hope—or more accurately how I gained a deeper understanding of what I already had.
Yours for hope,
Founder of Hope Has Arrived
Three steps you can take:
Ponder: How would you define hope? What gives you hope, especially as you face cancer?
Remember: the absence of hope reveals how vital hope is
Consider: these words of hope…“Delayed hope makes one sick at heart, but a fulfilled longing is a tree of life.”
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