Another thing that can inspire me is the written word. That is one of the things I am looking for when I read a blog, to inspire me, make me learn something new about myself or life.
When I first came upon a blog with the name "Aaron Outward", http://www.aaronoutward.com/, I had no idea what it was about. I started reading and the second paragraph stated:
- successfully completing Induction therapy and achieving remission
- completing a Central Nervous System Intensification Cycle
- completing 10 Intensification/Consolidation cyles
- completing 2 rounds of Maintenance Chemotherapy
- asking Amy to marry me and her actually saying yes J You can find the story here – She Said Yes
- successfully completing an Unrelated Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplant"
I realized that it was going to take me on a journey and the pilot had a story that would touch not only me, but all of us because cancer has touched us in some way. I find Aaron to be very honest about what he went through and what he continues to go through. Aaron tells the reader that the focus of his blog is changing as he progresses.
"Going through Cancer teaches us so many things, and most of us don’t get the opportunity to learn these lessons until we are personally faced with a life altering event. But why should that be the case? Why should only cancer survivors be privy to these lessons?"
Those words made me smile. It is a very strong couple of sentences. Many would think " I don't want to learn those lesson". So why should you learn those lessons and why should you read his blog? Well, I think its just because we do not want to learn those lessons that we need to. Unless you are very, very lucky, you or someone you love will learn these lessons. I have not been that lucky. I have loss loved ones to this disease that not only robs you of your life but also your dignity. We need to hear these lessons to understand what our love ones are going through!
If we cannot lessen the pain maybe we can lessen the loss of dignity and the worry that our love ones go through or will go through. Aaron writes, "I have shifted the main focus of the blog to speak about the wonderful things cancer teaches us about personal growth and self development."
This is a young man who has his head on straight, who understands where his life is at and chooses to find positive lessons in it all and share them with us. I am going to continue reading, learning and being inspired by this young man, his wife and their child. Please join me as we follow Aaron on his journey.