Have Faith, Have Hope, Be Strong

An Awakening

When I was diagnose with Breast Cancer I reacted like many do; first thing came to mind was "a death sentence". However, I found out later it was truly "an Awakening" for me, especially when I received bad news again later down the line. I was diagnosed with "colon cancer", but still alive to tell them both. I first began asking God, why? Why would you do this to me? What had I done so wrong in life to have this placed upon me? But suddenly, I knew that I was going to be OK.

I also realized that I was about to face a new beginning, new hope, do and see more with a whole new prospective on life. When I think of the "gift of life" my Savior has given to me, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. Even with all the current complications I now have to live with, and with all the struggles I've dealt with all my life, I still feel truly blessed.

For a while, I wasn't happy with the way I looked after my surgery, nor the pain that I have to endure every day. But one day I decided I had to snap out of it. I thought about the individuals that are no longer among us; I also realize that there will always be someone worse off than I am. I only lost some skin, who am I to complain. I still have my life.

During one of my many surgeries something of a true miracle happened, that I knew I had to write it down. I turned that experience into a poem and I called it "Peace". I took this poem, along with many other poems I had written during my "breast cancer" period and created a book. I was blessed enough to have it published; it's called
"True Simple Poems of Life, Faith and Survival".

I'm hoping that anyone who has the opportunity to read my poems gets out of them what I placed in all of them. My poems are from the heart of a cancer survivor, as real as any could ever be.

I never anticipated becoming a writer, I just became one. With the words and phrases of each poem of statement, I wish to make a positive impact on someone who's ill or otherwise hurting. I hope it gives them the strength to embrace life in a whole new way. I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy or a horrible disease as cancer, it's for a reason, you have a purpose and I want to live to find out exactly what that is for me. The experiences I've had to endure are what gave me insight to form the words of my poems.

I recently had another inspirational children's book published called "If Only I Could Fly, Said Mattie-Bee" and I'm working on my third. I would have never become a writer, producing inspirational stories, if I had not gone through all that I did. I'm a true example that you can survive any cancer not once, but twice, if you get to it in time; not saying that it will all be easy, but you must have a lot of faith during your recovery. This is what my experiences with cancer made of me, a believer!

Copyright 2011 Karen Rice - X2 cancer Survivor/now Author
I'm 55 yrs of age, born in Houston, Texas. I was the seventh child growing up in a large family. Even with so many around, I always found a way to sneak a little time for myself, to dream. I grew up in a church, as my father was a Baptist minister.

While in high school, I had my life all planned out by becoming a model/actress, and I worked at it, while also working at other jobs to raise my child alone after a broken marriage.

Later in life I had my first head-on-collision with breast cancer. A few years down the line, I was hit with colon cancer, and going through them both has truly changed my entire outlook on life. This is what gave me the strength and courage to write down my thoughts to share with others.

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