Living As A Cancer Survivor - Dependability

Mark Everett Kelly is a 29-year survivor of Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Mark Everett Kelly is a 29-year survivor of Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma.

The older I get I am learning to appreciate specific characteristics about people. One of those things is dependability. 

 Whenever someone gives me their word, I take that seriously. The sad thing is that most people don't understand how bad it makes them look when they don't keep their word.

Society doesn't care much about feelings, especially in the business world. Since writing my book, my opinion of dependability in the workplace has dramatically suffered. Many "professionals" sold me promises they never delivered. Sadly, the same can be said of friends when diagnosed with cancer. One thing you learn very quickly is that the people you thought would be there, aren't.

WHY?

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The majority of my friends supported me through my journey. However, one of my closest childhood friends shied away from me. 

He was a friend that basketball and baseball most of the time with me. His memories of me were much different than when he saw me skinny, bald, and weak.

The devastation one feels when a family member or best friend rejects them due to cancer is so painful. It made me feel like I was damaged goods. I already felt that way every time I saw my reflection.

Some people can't deal with sickness. The reasons vary, but generally, it has to do with uncomfortable, scared, afraid, and not equipped to handle the threat of someone they care about dying. While that sounds like a poor excuse, many people discover that friends disappeared when they had cancer. 

Flip Side

While close friends might leave your life, there will be others who will pleasantly surprise you. Surviving cancer will leave you better off in the end because you end up with friends that have proven themselves dependable.

One of the essential things in life is being able to keep your word. If you find yourself surrounded by friends that consistently fail to back up their words with actions, it is time to consider kicking them to the curb.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

WHERE TO FIND ME

I can always be reached by email (CKMagicSports@gmail or LivingAsACancerSurvivor@gmail). Please see the links below to follow me or contact me on social sites. I welcome (need) more followers and supporters. Please don't be shy about sharing your thoughts.  

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NEXT BLOG DATE: September 30, 2019