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Hope you enjoyed P.J MacLayne’s blog. Here’s my answer to this week’s question:

Who is the person you have learned the most valuable lesson in life from and what was the lesson?

With me it’s not a person, it’s a disease.  Cancer claimed my body over 10 years ago, and I have recently had a recurrence after 7 years in remission.  When I was first diagnosed I remember there was a sense of denial that it was actually happening to me, and after the first round of treatment was complete and I was in remission, then it was time to sit back and become complacent for 7 years.

However, a recent recurrence combined with being 10 years older confirms to me that life is very short indeed.  When we are young we tend to think that we will live forever, that we will never grow old, and that everything in the garden will always be rosy.  The reality is that we can be cut down at any age by this dreadful disease (or any other malaise for that matter), and that we had better start making the most of our life while we are able to.  Thankfully my treatment is on course to be curative rather than palliative, but even so this recurrence has taught me to enjoy every day, to cherish and love my family, and to seek out and make the most of any talent I might have been given.

To this end, and with husband Sam’s blessing, it is time to think about stopping working in a job I have done for 10 years, and to take up writing full-time.  Our children are grown and have fled the nest, we do not have an extravagant lifestyle, and he knows I always try my best to make a go of anything I set my mind to.  To be a successful writer is incredibly difficult, and I welcome the challenge to succeed in a world where few actually manage to.  I may never fulfil my aim, but cancer has taught me that life is short, and I need to find out if I can do it or not.  Typing other people’s clinic letters hour after hour gives me no time to achieve my goal, my body becomes a little more decrepit after every surgery and radiation therapy, and so it is now time to think about  SEIZING THE DAY!

I have been given extended sick leave and have until the end of May to make up my mind regarding finally saying goodbye to being a medical secretary, but I think I will go for it.  Will I become a successful writer?  Who knows?  One of my books has won an award, and I have secured a publisher, but it’s only the beginning.  However, there is something I have found out by battling cancer…. I’ve got to risk stepping into the unknown and taking that risk while I’m still able to!


See what lesson Stephany Tullis has learned.  Hop on over to her blog to find out