I'm sure we've all heard it before, maybe even said it ourselves: "All we can do is buy time so we die from something else." As if the goal is to die in some other way.
I heard this again at a support group meeting last night. While going around the room so each person could tell their story, one man with a slow growing form of prostate cancer said, "I'm probably going to die from something else."
I started thinking about that as we continued to go around the room. I didn't really know what to say about my own, much worse situation other than the truth. I will probably die from prostate cancer and NOT something else. Then it just popped into my mind all of a sudden and I said: "Does it really matter how you die? What's more important is how you live."
I know we are all fighting this beast to stay around as long as we can, I'm all for that. But in all the fighting, sometimes it's easy for me to lose sight of what I'm fighting for. Its certainly not so I can die from something else. I'm fighting to make these days nothing less than the best days of my life. It's not how much "time you buy" that's important but how you live it.
So let's all be fully alive in whatever time we have here and savor every moment.