Cancer Thriver

I saw this quote on Facebook the other day:

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou

I have difficulty when someone refers to me as a Cancer Survivor.  It sounds as if I am barely hanging on.

An Internet search of the definition of survivor shows:

  •             a person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in             which others have died: “the sole survivor of the massacre”
  •             a person who copes well with difficulties in their life: “she is a born survivor”

However, to thrive means:

  •             to grow vigorously (flourish)
  •             to gain in wealth or possessions (prosper)
  •             to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances.

I think being a Cancer Thriver is a more accurate definition of my journey.  When I realized cancer was a part of my life and, in some ways, would always be a part of my life I was determined to make this the absolute best thing that could happen to me.

I asked Richard one day why he thought this had happened to us and he said,” You have become a better person.”  I hope I am.  I hope I have deeper passion, widely-spread and true compassion, laugh from the belly humor, and a style that better fits.

Leaders …

Do your followers survive under your leadership?

Do your followers thrive under your leadership?

How do you know?





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