When your daily commute includes beautiful mountains and terrible radio reception, you discover podcasts. If you download properly, your podcast library will inform, amuse and, hopefully, make you think. Several weeks ago, Dr. Ryan Gustus was part of one of my favorite pods, discussing all things entrepreneurship.
Over the past months, Dr. Gustus has been developing software to better serve patients in his/other’s optometry practices. He talked about setbacks he’s faced and challenges he’s overcoming. Despite the obstacles he’s encountered, his excitement, his focus was on the victories he’s achieved. The progress. As he spoke, one phrase kept ringing in my ears. “I’m addicted to the yeah, but…”
“Yeah, but…” is where the Support Volunteers of the Cancer Hope Network community thrive. For them, “Yeah, but…” means finding the hope and possibility in any circumstances. It’s pushing past the challenges of treatment and the pain of recurrence to find hope and healing. Like entrepreneurs, it’s focusing on the small victories when big ones seem out of reach. It’s discovering lives of service and purpose as part of their post-treatment new normal.
Today, a look at some of the “Yeah, buts…” that make hope happen every day.
Yeah, Joe lost part of his tongue to cancer…but he’s completed his degree in social work and is helping elderly clients.
Yeah, the radiation that saved Yolanda from pancreatic cancer weakened her bones, keeping her out of the gym and requiring surgeries…but she’s traded aggressive workouts for walks and helps matches understand that cancer isn’t a death sentence.
Yeah, David had “a chunk pulled out of his head” because of brain cancer…but he’s planning to walk his daughter down the aisle this fall.
Yeah, Ellen survived cervical cancer in 1996, and has faced bladder issues and multiple intestinal surgeries and is currently playing tennis with tubes running down the back of her legs…but she’s finding laughter and joy in comforting others.
Yeah, Joe lost a friend when he was diagnosed…but he’s discovered deeper relationships with his adult daughters.
Yeah, Malissa fought depression and literally died after her double mastectomy…but she’s embracing her scars and hosting her own radio show.
Yeah, Paul fought Graft Vs Host disease after his bone marrow transplant…but he’s now helping his fellow Princeton alums through cancer and other illness.
Sarah Miretti Cassidy is the Director of External Affairs for Cancer Hope Network. Contact her at 908.879.4039 ex 20 or scassidy (at) cancerhopenetwork.org.
Searching for the “yeah, but…” in your own cancer journey? Our volunteers have been there and are here to listen. Call 877-HOPENET or use the form to the left to request a match today.