Nearly two years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer -- follicular Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (or FL) to be specific. Until then, I thought I knew about cancer - having spent several years working as a director of editorial and creative services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. I met with cancer patients; worked with them closely on some projects; I walked the floors of the clinics; I edited stories about research advances; I was surrounded by cancer.
I knew nothing.
In March, I had my post-treatment scans, which came with the good news that I am now no longer in treatment. I watch, and I wait for my lymphoma to return, and when it does, we'll deal with it. In the meantime, here's what cancer's taught me.
7. To borrow from Glennon Melton, we can do hard things. We can face diagnosis. We can withstand the anxiety; we can manage the treatment. We may not want to do it. But we can.