While I am a firm believer – and I think practitioner – of make the best of it, with all due respect to the author, I find this a bit over the top.
It’s true that most of us become more reflective and appreciative, and refocus more our attention on the people important to us, I think most of us would give that up in a flash not to have cancer. And most of us were not ‘bad’ before we got cancer, just not as full and appreciative as we could be.
My first time with treatment, I ironically called it a ‘learning experience’. It was and is, but there must be easier ways. However, her last para is strong and captures the benefit of having a positive attitude:
Today, I can say that cancer does not always suck. As a result of facing cancer, I have a clearer perspective on my purpose in life, stronger relationships, and a greater sense of what really matters. I was 31 when I faced cancer. I should have never had to endure such hardship. But as all survivors know, it is the obstacles that we face that make us who we will become and I am pretty happy with where I’ve ended up.
Any thoughts on cancer as a blessing or curse?
Meredith McNerney: Why Cancer Doesn’t Always Suck.