Thanking my cancer… It was a revelatory idea—instead of being in an angry, hateful “Why me?” state, I would put myself into an accepting, welcoming, grateful state. I still wanted my tumor gone, but the idea that it could be a blessing…maybe it could portent a positive outcome.
For years I looked at things I originally thought were failures, obstacles, annoying roadblocks, even certain injuries and illnesses as negative aspects that were just part of life.
Recently, I began seeing things that at first felt like curses thrust upon me turn into blessings.
I do not want this to sound like “Pie in the sky” thinking. There is more than enough room in our lives for sadness, regret, tragedies, and other lousy things that can befall us. However, some of the most difficult realities we face, have lessons we can reap from it.
My conversation this week, airing on most of our stations, is a shining example of turning a curse into a blessing. It features Bryan Bishop and his book Shrinkage. Bryan is the side-kick to Adam Carolla on his extremely popular podcast.
Just as Bryan felt as if all he ever wanted was coming true – he met a most lovely woman, now his wife, and he had his dream job working with Adam – he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
The first doctor he went to gave him less than a year to live, that was in 2009. Doctors who do this should never be allowed to practice in the first place. Bryan and his wife did not take this news lying down and the search began for a second opinion.
It’s already seven years since that day and due to Bryan’s search for another doctor, Dr. Keith Black, a past guest on Between the Lines who heads up the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, he was given a much different prognosis.
Dr. Black, one of the most renowned Neurosurgeons in the world, did quickly assess that Bryan’s tumor was inoperable, but unlike the first doctor, filled him not with “false hope” but true insight that Bryan’s cancer could be dealt with. He immediately referred him to Dr. Jeremy Rudnick who knew that with Bryan’s attitude and the doctor’s expertise they could indeed shrink the tumor and give Bryan more than a fighting chance to lead a full long life.
And as you’ll witness on this episode he’s still doing just that. For as Bryan writes:
You are not a statistic. If you beat cancer, for example, then 100 percent of people in your specific situation beat cancer. Think of it that way.
We are not statistics. Turn those curses into blessings and feel the power within.
Have a great week,
EPISODE LISTINGS AND TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.
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