Friday, February 21, 2014

What It Takes To Be A Survivor

February 18, 2014 I celebrated my 2-yr cancerversary. Until recently, I have generally avoided using the word "survivor" to refer to myself because I truly intend to be free of disease someday against all odds.
As my type of sarcoma (GIST) has no known cure (yet), I was moved to look up the word "survivor" a few weeks ago. Survivor means: to continue to live; a person alive after an event in which others have died; to exist.
It does not mean you are healed, rescued, no longer facing challenges or even that you won't die eventually. It means--right now--I'm alive. And I will make the best of THIS day and THIS place and THIS opportunity to be a light despite my own battle with darkness.
I'm a survivor. Are you?
P.S. The featured image is me greeting friends after making my stage debut in a wonderful play by Austin playwright J.W. Hill on 2/15/2014.

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