Posted by March 2nd, 2008
Suzanne Lindley, who has lived with advanced colon cancer for nine years, is featured in the current issue of All You magazine.
Writing her own story, Suzanne says, “Cancer makes me thankful for every moment.”
Told nine years ago that she had colon cancer that could not be treated and that she had at most six months to live, Suzanne despaired at first. Then, discovering an Internet support list, she met another patient with stage IV colon cancer who told her that she shouldn’t be planning her death, but finding a doctor who would give her some hope. She writes that she owes her life to Shelly Weiler, who told her that he wouldn’t die without a fight and neither should she.
Since then she’s been in active treatment almost constantly, finding new treatments as old ones failed. She moved to the country where she could have horses to ride and a special life with her daughters and husband.
She says that cancer has been a journey of self-discovery for her.
I’ve changed a lot since my diagnosis, and I think it’s simply because I’m thankful for every moment. Early on, we decided to stay in the country, and we’ve been so happy here. We know everyone in our town, and I even ran a café for a year. Before cancer, I used to be timid and afraid. Now we saddle up the horses when the moon is full and ride down to the lake.
She’s come to realize the power that her cancer story has to inspire change and to help others. She writes,
I’ve become aware of the power my experience has to create change. I’ve told my story more than a dozen times in Congress to help lobby for cancer research and treatment funding, and I’m now involved in several advocacy groups. Knowing that I’ve given people new avenues for hope has made the time I spend living even more meaningful. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to ride horses, dance, fight and hope for the cure around the next corner.”
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month