5 Year Survivor

5 years ago this month the words “You Have Cancer” rang in my ears, stabbed my heart and numbed me with a mind f*!k that was brutal. Out of that impact moment I made 1 simple decision, “I’m going to survive”.

esophageal cancer has one of the highest mortality rates of all cancers with only a 14.5% survival rate out to 5 years… So, here I am still here and what, you may ask, made the difference? 1 simple decision, and as my friend and business partner Eugene Moreau say… “There’s power in making a decision”.

The fight isn’t over, but the decision is made… the future is bright, I have much left to do in this life – a legacy to build and I will not depart without a fight, without having fulfilled my purpose, left my mark and claimed my place in history.

I want to acknowledge and thank all of you who have prayed, supported and encouraged me through this journey – you know who you are, I love you all.

I’d also like to thank Jackie Watson for bringing this poem to my attention… it is simply beautiful and I share it with you as a memorial to those we have lost, but remain ever near.

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Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

‘Henry Scott Holland’

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