Can cancer make you happier? Yes, and here’s 10 reasons why.

When we had a self-help quiz app at Tokii, we were always sharing and thinking about those articles on “Ways to Be Happier”. I don’t remember getting cancer as being one of them on any list. 

And yet, here I am, waking up every morning with less stress, more joy and being surrounded by the people I feel closest to. Here are the 10 reasons cancer has made me happier:

1. I Get to Be a Kid Again

Since my diagnosis, my parents have been right here by my side doing EVERYTHING they can to help me. I have my mother cooking for me again. I have my dad telling me stories and watching over me while I fall asleep. 

2. I Got a Whole New Bedroom

How many people can say that they have a bedroom that is built to cater to their every need? Well, I have one with big bright windows and plenty of room to have family and friends come to visit.

3. I Get to Wear Crazy and Comfy Clothes

No more needing to look “professional” or “put together”. Now, I genuinely get to wear what I want, when I want. Sometimes that means staying in my PJs all day. Other times, it means dressing up in fun costumes and adding a full face of makeup in wild and bright colours. It is amazingly freeing.

4. I Have Someone There to Help With Anything and Everything

You know that amazing scalp massage that you get at the hairdresser’s a few times a year? I can have it every day from someone who helps me get clean and dressed. I have a dozen people willing to give me a foot rub. I don’t even have to leave my bed to do yoga or eat dinner. 

5. I Got a New Puppy

Could there be anything more amazing than having a cute puppy as your newest sidekick? Hope is a mini dachshund and she is always there to warm my heart and bring a smile to my face.

6. My Sisters Are at My Beck and Call

As you grow up with sisters, you’re always looking for that upper hand. Well, I seem to have a lock on it now! Anything I want, my sisters are there for me. All I have to do is ask.

7. I Don’t Have to Worry About Money

My husband is paying my credit card for the first time in our relationship. If that isn’t a sign of love, I don’t know what is!

8. I Don’t Have to Do Things I Don’t Like to Do

No more dishes. No more carrying groceries in from the car. No more housework. No more playing sports and working out. I have a cool walker and a wheelchair and get handicapped parking wherever I go. 

9. I Love My Daily Schedule

Between naps, meals and social visits, sometimes I forget that I even have cancer. This is the lowest stress I have ever been on a daily basis. I wake up happier now and look forward to the day ahead.

10. I Am Surrounded By People Who Care

There is nothing like cancer to show you who is really in your corner and cares about you. I have reconnected with many old friends. People tell me their secrets. I met my first neighbour in twelve years and she is so fun! I get emails and messages from awesome people every single day.

The pain is merely a small inconvenience as the radiation eradicated my highest pain points. We are all optimistic that somewhere in the world someone is developing a drug that will keep me not only alive  but have quality of life. 

About The Author

A few months ago, I was told that my boobs are trying to kill me and being misdiagnosed for two years allowed them to recruit throughout the rest of my body by way of my spine. Before this, I knew f*ck all about cancer. Now, between sipping chemo cocktails, I want to talk about the truth of living with Stage 4 Breast Cancer with my support system and people I have met along the way to recovery.

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