Nice piece by Suleika Jaouad on how cancer forced her to focus on the now, not the long-term ‘big picture’. Also has video of her speech and story at a cancer fundraiser. Favourite quote and well said:
I bristle when the word “gift” is used in the same sentence as “cancer.” There is no upside to having a life-threatening illness. It can ruin lives, friendships, families and dreams, and trying to focus too much on finding a silver lining can trivialize real suffering. I would never have voluntarily chosen to go down this path. But like any other struggle, cancer has changed me. I wish I could learn about overcoming struggle by training for a marathon or applying for a new job, like many of my peers are doing in their early 20s. But life is unpredictable, and we don’t always get to choose our battles.