Dear World, You’re Not Going To Have The Year You Thought You’d Have

“You aren’t going to have the year you thought you’d have.”

That’s what a nurse told writer Marc Silver’s wife after she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. “The cancer news came as a shock, as it often does,” Silver writes. “There were no warning signs. The tumor was picked up on a routine mammogram.

“It was hard to take in what the nurse was telling us. We had plans and projects and dreams for the months ahead. Then suddenly — surgery, chemotherapy and radiation were the top items on our agenda. We were mad. How dare cancer interfere?

“I was reminded of our year of cancer when the pandemic was declared.”

Read Silver’s essay on how coping with the uncertainty of the pandemic starts with acceptance.

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