I would have to say the most random encounter with a stranger is when I was having my infusions for my auto immune disease. They don’t separate you from the cancer patients. We normally sit there during our infusions for 5 to 6 hours. So we have a lot of time on our hands.
I sat by a lady who was fighting stage 4 breast cancer, after battling it out once before. She had the removal of both breast the first go around, but after a few years the cancer returned aggressively. She sat in her chair with a queens crown on her bald head, and just smiled while looking at me. She was a school teacher who taught special education, and was on the road to retirement. She told me about her daughter who was a sophomore in high school. She told me that I had nothing to worry about, that our bodies can only do so much. She said, I’m fighting stage 4 cancer again, and I’m sitting wearing a queens crown on my head. Why… because I woke today and felt like being a queen. My time is limited, and I’m making sure that I’m living each day the way I wish.
I was so inspired by the words of what she said that, it gave me a new outlook on my illness. I must live life like it’s my last and enjoy every moment. I still go this day, remembering that woman named Jaime. She lost her battle to cancer, shortly after our encounter with one another. She only lived as retired school teacher for only a few months.
Her words inspired me to start my blog and to share my knowledge and what I have gone through with others. You never know who you will inspire.
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