Just as every cancer is unique, every person’s response to having it, being treated for it, surviving it is unique. The only certainty is that the experiences change a person. But many people find these changes can be transformative in a positive sense.
The individual frames in this composite all came from a photo of euonymus foliage that had turned a beautiful shade of fuchsia pink.
Twenty years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, on a "routine" physical exam. I chose radiation as the primary treatment and after that hormone therapy. I can tell you first hand cancer changes your body and mind. I realized that solving murder cases was not the only thing I wanted to do with my life and decided to devote more time to my hobby, photography. Getting outdoors, photographing landscapes or birds was therapy and I found I wanted to do more of it. I figured out a way to retire early (57). Did I miss police work, yea, for about two weeks. I had a flare up 10 years ago but my oncologist has me on a monthly injection which keeps the cancer from my bones. Cancer does change you, you just have to fight it and take one day at a time, love those around you and be ever grateful for the life you have. God bless.