Anyone who has been living with cancer has had this experience:
You’re talking to a friend. The conversation turns to cancer. The friend says something that is so incredibly insensitive that you are momentarily stunned. At that moment, what I call x-ray vision kicks in; you know with great certainty that which you would have preferred not to have known. You understand your friend’s motivation, you see through their thought process– while also clearly seeing that they themselves are completely unaware of any of this.
Hence my choice of the term “x-ray vision”; it’s like the parable about the emperor with no clothes. Your friends are completely naked from your perspective, and yet, like the emperor with no clothes, they feel no shame because they themselves have no idea just how naked they are.
Let me give some examples of what I’m talking about, actual conversations… The rest of this chapter, along with all that can be learned about this cancer journey only through hard experience is now compiled in an easily searchable book format that can be read on your computer, Ipad etc.: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3331M
Although we learned many things we would most certainly rather have NOT known as we made our way through this cancer journey, there were also many heart-opening realizations that might have otherwise been completely inaccessible to us, about the absolute kindness of relative strangers. May all of us continue to grow in wisdom and compassion so that we can be present for our loved ones when they most need that unconditional support and love.
If you are reading this post, it is probably because you or someone you love is living with cancer, and you’re trying to understand the many ways that your life is changing as a result of this.
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Our doctors told us we were the most informed patient team they had ever encountered– yet we felt utterly lost a great deal of the time. Every cancer patient I’ve talked to felt the same way. We learned so much about The System, and how critical being an informed patient is to getting the treatment you need, how to deal with difficult doctors, troubleshooting and taking charge of pain control– and so much more, none of which you will hear about from your doctor.
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I will realize absolutely no profit from the sale of this book. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the support of the 400 monks, nuns and yogis in the seven Tibetan monasteries of Tulku Orgyen Zangpo Rinpoche, who have devoted their lives towards building the foundation for peace and freedom from suffering for all beings in this world.