Lessons Learned When It Wasn’t About Me

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise.” ― Shannon L. Alder Almost everyone today has someone, or knows of someone, going through the experience of cancer or a life threatening illness. I am no different. In 2009, my sister was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and my world turned upside down for a while. When I was first told about the diagnosis, I went through a period of shock and disbelief, before anger and deep sadness took over. At the time, the question I asked was the same one many others have asked, “Why?” Cancer is a word none of us want to hear. But we do! I had only been back in Canada for 5 months, after an absence of 26 years. During that time, I had lived and worked overseas and visited my family for a month of more, every couple of years. I do not believe it was a coincidence that I was pulled me back to my homeland at this particular … [Read more...]