There are certain events in life that can really make you question the meaning of it all. Why do we fight so hard to go swimming in one direction just to have the tide change and drop us in waters we never planned for, miles away from where we thought we were going.

The fear caused by uncertainty and the unknown can be powerful and paralysing, but that’s not necessarily the end of the story.

“ in my times of uncertainty this community has been a saving grace for me. I want you to know you are not alone.” BeeWise02 original post

 

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Often those dealing with the most can be the most inspiring. The strength and depth of character displayed by those affected by cancer, in times of uncertainty, is a story in itself.

This doesn’t mean everyone feels good or acts perfectly all the time, we’re all human after all. We get tired and ratty, straws break camel’s backs.

“obviously my journey has created anger and, frustration, but thank god I found this site. The positivity from  people has totally helped me through a very dark period of my life.” - marie1964original post

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If resilience is “an ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change”, surely those affected by cancer know more about this than most?

This doesn’t mean anyone affected by cancer has to contribute, just that those who feel they have something to say, should have their voice heard.

People affected by cancer know an awful lot about resilience and adapting to change.

“One of the main positives of these sites is that you don't need to put a brave face on. Here you can actually say "I'm scared" or " I'm angry". There is no shame in saying I'm not coping, there is always someone who has been in your situation, when they say " I know how you feel" they actually do.” – Silverbergoriginal post

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Life lessons on resilience and change will eventually be useful to everyone, whether they know it yet or not. Did a particular member or comment on our Community help you?

Please link it, or @mention them, in the comments below. We couldn’t possibly highlight them all.

“Your kindness came at the right time and stopped me in my tracks.  I want to thank you because you have helped me more than you know.” – Ourgirlinthenorthoriginal post

It’s important to talk about resilience, as we continue to pull together and remind each other just how far we’ve come.