It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” What better quote to start with. Us peeps, all over the world, have shown this during the pandemic that has changed the world. This is no different from how our amazing cancer warriors embrace each day. Our Super Survivor, Marlene Wilson, is one of my all-time favourite ladies. She has inspired me from the first day I met her (many, many years ago).
She epitomises Lou Holtz’s quote, “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” I don’t want to be a ‘spoiler-alert’ but read her story!
I’m so pleased that we are discussing not to start with surgery when diagnosing The cancer crab. Read What to do while waiting for your results and remember the words of Coleman Young, “Courage is one step ahead of fear.”
And as my middle-age middle contemplates oestrogen (Read The relationship between weight and oestrogen in women) I will head for a swim and think like Michael Phelps, “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.”
So, as we all stumble/walk or jog through our days, remember the true words of Ana Claudia Antunes, “Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds” and Bernadette Devlin, “Yesterday I dared to struggle, today I dare to win.”
Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn
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