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A Message of
Hope and Healing from
The Cancer Crusade


I have cancer...
but cancer does not have me.
Cancer is not who I am.
It is only a bend in the road
that is my life's journey...
an unexpected detour
on my path.
It is a
lesson in the cosmic
schoolroom that is 

human existence
.

So I Will
pause to rest...and heal ...
and study the lesson...
before I move on to my life
beyond cancer.


I will not
give in to fear, and I will not
be discouraged by setback.
Setbacks are only opportunities
to review the lesson.

I will not be ashamed
of my
scars.
My scars are the
brushstrokes
in the masterpiece that is my life

I will be thankful for
the many blessings cancer
has brought into my life:
People I never would have known,
love that I had never been still
or quiet enough to witness,
humility
I needed,
strength
I thought I had lost,
courage
I never knew I had.

I will remember
that I can still have fun
and that it's Okay -
~even healthy!~ to be silly.

I will remember that
to find the joy in rainbows...
I must endure the rain.
And
I will remember always that...
while I may have cancer...
cancer  does not  have me.

by Kathy Cawthon
The Cancer Crusade
used with permission.


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This song became a new anthem for
 breast cancer survivors everywhere.

I Run For Life

It's been years
since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there
 in the mirror
Everyday that she gets
 herself dressed
Though the pain is miles 
and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She'll tell you it makes her complete

I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth,
for all that is real
I run for your mother,
your sister, your wife
I run for you and me my friend
I run for life

It's a blur since they told me about it
How the darkness had taken its toll
And they cut into my skin
And they cut into my body
But they will never
get a piece of my soul
And now I'm still learning the lesson
To awake when I hear the call
And if you ask me
why I am still running
I'll tell you I run for us all

I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth,
 for all that is real
I run for your mother,
your sister, your wife
I run for you and me my friend
I run for life

And someday if they tell you about it
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her Remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers
Running for more

I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth,
for all that is real
I run for your mother, your sister,
your daughter, your wife
For you and me my friend
I run for life

I run for your mother,
 your sister, your wife
I run for you and me my friend
I run for life

Artist: Melissa Etheridge
a breast cancer survivor

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***"I Run For Life"** by Melissa Etheridge

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Credits

I would like to thank Kathy Cawthon
of The Cancer Crusade for letting me
use this hopeful message on my website.

A special "Thank You"
goes to Betty Griffin!!

To my friends Mary and Heather
I thank also for providing
the song  for this page.

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Created November 13, 2006