What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited.

It cannot cripple love.

It cannot shatter hope.

It cannot erode faith.

It cannot destroy peace.

It cannot silence courage.

It cannot suppress memories.

It cannot kill friendship.

It cannot erode the spirit.

It cannot conquer the soul.

Today I accompanied my friend to her treatment, and as I sat in the waiting room tears flowed down my face.  For her. For friends I have lost recently. For my brother and friends who are living with cancer.  For me and my fear of the unknown. I saw these words and found comfort though they did not stop the tears.

I am so grateful for my health and life and will keep in my prayers all who are impacted by this illness and its unknown consequences.

10 thoughts on “What Cancer Cannot Do

  1. Oh, the older we get, the more we get to see cancer in our lives, personally or with friends or family. It’s so helpful to be hopeful. Nice post.

  2. My mother passed away 7 years ago from pancreatic cancer & I found that same poem about that time. I too remember going with Mom for her radiation/chemo treatments & realizing that most people there were also cancer patients. We made a lot of memories & even had some funny times during it all. The best thing you can do is…just be there!

    1. Thank you, Sheila, for your reassuring words. You are right about the memories and the laughter. Mixed with the occasional tears is lots of laughter and that’s what I think about and am so grateful for.

  3. So beautiful…bringing back many memories of the months I spent with my sister as she fought to survive her cancer. I have forwarded your words on to family members and friends that are still fighting the battle…or sharing the fight.

  4. Linda, I recently bought a whole book titled What Cancer Cannot Do with essays of hope for those struggling with this terrible disease. It is a beautiful pink leather book with a silver ribbon on the front. You can purchase it from Lifeway here: http://www.lifewaystores.com/lwstore/DetailSearch.asp?. I bought it for my cousin who is currently battling (and winning the battle) against cancer, but I suspect I will need to buy more as cancer runs in my family and seems to plague more and more friends as I get older. Peace, Linda

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