Life Lessons From Cancer
Today is officially the 1 year anniversary of finishing treatment for cancer.
Cancer, Covid-19 or any other life altering disease, situation or circumstance gives you a totally different perspective on life.
Please bear with me as I share some of the perspectives I’ve gained during my victorious battle with cancer.
1.) Life is shorter than we think. One diagnosis, one accident, one circumstance can place you front and center staring into the face of death (for you or a loved one). You realize first hand the fragility of life.
These life situations can either destroy us or serve as wake-up calls that propel us into new purpose. And they can provide new options and opportunities that slept dormant in the busyness of life.
Tragedy has a way of reminding people that time is non-negotiable, non-renewable and completely non-refundable.
a.) Are you ready?
b.) How strong is your spiritual foundation?
(Ecclesiastes 9:12 NLT)
“People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy”.
2.) Relationships are more important than power, prestige or riches. The old saying, “you can’t take it with you” is so relevant in a life or death situation.
Your relationship with family, close friends and mainly God provide an anchor that grounds and strengthens you. Your focus changes and you spend more time nurturing these relationships than building something that will crumble with time.
You realize it’s time to reconcile with loved ones. It’s time to forgive old grievances. It’s time to vocalize three of the most powerful words we can say to someone - “I LOVE YOU”!
(Proverbs 17:17 NLT)
“A friend is always loyal,
and a brother is born to help in time of need”.
3.) Along with learning WHO is important you learn WHAT is important.
What you thought was important somehow loses its luster.
Like in a good spring cleaning you start throwing out the clutter that has accumulated in your heart over the years.
Some people may have to go, maybe an unfulfilling career or ministry that has become stagnant has to go or sometimes it’s just an old way of thinking.
This makes room for the new blessings that God is waiting to pour out on us.
(Hebrews 12:1 NLT)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us”.
4.) You learn the necessity of setting new goals. New life goals are necessary after our lives are turned upside down. We gain a new reverence and trust in God as we face tragedies we have absolutely no control over.
Like Job our knowledge of God becomes way more personal as we realize God remains faithful even in the midst of our suffering.
(Job 42:5 NLT)
“I had only heard about you before,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes”.
During my battle with cancer I recognized the “real deal” meaning my relationship with God deepened. I saw through the hypocrisy of religion and became like the Apostle Paul when he wrote:
(Philippians 3:13 NLT)
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us”.
Family and Friends that’s my goal post-cancer!
Alfred Long Sr. is a Cancer Wellness Coach. If you’d like to book a free 30 minute consultation go to: