Being Brave

While fighting cancer people often comment on how brave and courageous you are.

   

While I am a firm believer in taking all the compliments you can get when you look and feel like @#*%, this particular compliment never rang true for me.  Real courage is when you are intimidated by something and voluntarily choose to do it anyway.   What I felt was simply determination.

I did not feel that there was any choice but to treat my cancer aggressively.  So, there was really no bravery involved at all.  Not that I was always Miss Perky.  Moments of doubt, depression and anxiety are a normal part of the emotional roller coaster that accompanies any serious disease but the overall colors of the experience are determined in large part by choice.

Cancer treatment is not fun but it sure beats the worst case scenario alternative if you choose no treatment at all.

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