Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
Like Randy Pausch of The-Last-Lecture fame, Derek Miller loved his life and was ready to die. Only 41 years old, Miller prepared his last blog post to be published after he died of stage IV colorectal cancer, leaving behind a beloved wife, two precious daughters and extended family and friends.
I want to publish a blog post every day. Why? Because every day I think of ideas and stories that might help readers in their efforts to become Healthy Survivors, and I thoroughly enjoy the writing challenge and sense of purpose of this blog.
A few weeks ago, my daughters encouraged me to join them for a local 5K race. I hesitated. 5K is more than I usually jog on the treadmill. The notion of a race tapped into my long-standing concern about quitting. [See "Why We Quit"]
The stakes were low. The potential benefits were great. So I accepted their invitation. After two days of a nervous stomach, I experienced my first race ever.
We are not born knowing how to become Healthy Survivors. We aren't taught in school how to get good care and live as fully as possible when living with, through and beyond cancer or other serious illness. I wish we were.