Do you love music? Has music played a major (or even not-so-major) part in your cancer experience?
I am really not a music aficionado. I never could carry a tune. I am completely tone deaf.
I wish I was much more learned in things music. I love to sing when no one is around. And, while I might not know the name of a song or who sang it, I often do know lots of words to favorite or catchy tunes. (Sometimes, I don't even like the song at all, “I Heard it on the Grapevine” comes to mind. I always hated that song. But I sure can sing along with it.)
Nevertheless, a few songs have been particularly meaningful to me since I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I should add a disclaimer here. My faith drives me. It is and has been my greatest source of peace, now and for most of my rather tumultuous life. I primarily listen to Christian radio.
If you are easily offended by talk of God or faith, you might want to quit reading now. I am not trying to force my views on you at all, but the songs most meaningful at this point in my life are often based on my faith.
Relating to what's on the radio
The one that I have related to most and that I just love to bellow as I am driving (alone) down the road, is Mandisa’s “Overcomer.” You may have seen the video with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts in it. If not, please treat yourself.
As you may know, Ms. Roberts is a two-time cancer survivor herself. She successfully fought breast cancer, only to be diagnosed a few years later with the bone marrow disease, myelodysplastic syndrome, that she got as a result of her cancer treatment. Americans everywhere followed her fight for good health on Good Morning America.
Overcomer is an appropriate description of Ms. Roberts. It well defines you and me, too! Every single day we get up, face a new day, plaster a smile on our faces (or not), and live! We are overcomers!
Becoming an overcomer
I don't know about you, but I am proud to be an overcomer. It makes me feel good to know that, at least for today, this moment, I am overcoming one of the most difficult diseases that I could have been hit with. If you are reading this, so are you!!
So, congratulations! Give yourself a pat on the back!! You deserve it.
And, please, keep on overcoming!!!
Do you find that staying zen through your lung cancer diagnosis has helped you in your journey?