Facing down cancer again

Last month was a trial of faith for me. I was diagnosed with cancer again. The doctor found something on my shoulder which needed to be biopsied. He discovered I had a mild, common form of skin cancer which was treatable with surgery. When I heard the word cancer all I could remember was the last time I heard that word.

The last time I was treated for cancer it was very serious. I went through weeks and weeks of treatment which left me feeling weak and sick. Eventually I was OK. This time was different. I would have an easy recovery and everything looked good. Hearing the word cancer for the second time made me realize how good my life has been since the time of the original cancer. I realize I survived cancer then and would do it again.

Since then I have returned to my usual good-natured self. When people tell me they are being treated for cancer I always try to be encouraging and tell them my story. Being diagnosed with cancer is usually very frightening. I understand since I went through it myself. I hope if you know someone who has cancer you will be kind and supportive to them. You'll be glad you did.

Bruce Leigh

Bay Village

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:22 AM, 02.18.2014