The strength you need is always with you

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in the fall of 2013. The call from the doctor on a sunny afternoon a few days following a routine colonoscopy hit me like a punch in the gut. How could this be? How dare life interrupt my quiet, relatively peaceful existence in this way? Fear arose, and the realization that it was going to take all the courage I had to handle this new situation.

But as I seek to share in the revised edition of my book, The Upside of Cancer, my brush with cancer and mortality—which of course continues—I’m almost 84–has helped me change and grow. I have discovered that the strength we need to handle difficult circumstances is always present with us: We simply have to listen to the wisdom of our own heart and trust the unconquerable power of our own spirit.

Strange though it may sound, I have become a new and happier person.  My wife, a shrewd lady, remarked the other day that there are smile lines on my face that were simply not there when we first met 20 years ago.

I have become more conscious of the strange, paradoxical, magical truth that governs our lives.  Yes, we are mortal. You can count on it. I can count on it. But we are also spirit, ageless, unconquerable, and pure, untouched by any of the outer events of our lives.

Eben Alexander, MD, author of The Map of Heaven, has a beautiful quote at the beginning of his book. It’s from an ancient Greek text, and goes like this: ‘I am the child of earth and starry heaven, but my real race is of heaven.”

We are human beings–with the usual human foibles and failings—but we are also spiritual beings, perfect and entire, who have come to express love into this world, and create whatever we choose to create, and give the gift that us ours to give.

My passion is writing. I’ve been writing since I wrote my first story as a child in the early days of the Blitz on London. But I have another passion now. I want to do all I can to give courage and hope to other cancer patients and anyone who is facing a major affliction. This is why I wrote The Upside of Cancer in the first place.

I’m happy to announce a giveaway beginning March 14

I’m happy to announce a giveaway for The Upside of Cancer at Goodreads beginning Monday March 14 and ending Monday April 11. Ten signed copies will be available. Please consider entering this giveaway, I’d love to send you a signed copy if you are one of the lucky winners! Please note I plan to add a widget to this blog on March 14 to make it easier to enter this event. You do need to be a member of Goodreads to participate in the giveaway.

Finally, March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. I wanted to support this event—especially since it was a routine colonoscopy that saved my life–and recently released a press release entitled: “How to Find Joy while Facing Cancer: Author’s Story of courage and hope emphasizes importance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month.”

Here’s a link to the article:  http://tinyurl.com/jk56ndn

I send love and best wishes and would welcome any thoughts you may have on the above.


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