". . .and the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and JOYFUL, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home."
WOW Not really sure how to take this. Interested in what others think. I know I live my life differently since breast cancer. I care less about the little things and try to spend more time with family. I battle the side effects from chemo on a daily basis. I don’t think we ever really truly become survivors in the sense of the word, because we still fight it every day. HUGS to all.
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Thanks for posting this Marie. I’m not sure what I think (or how I feel) about the video. It’s good that it gets people thinking about how to spend their time – because time is valuable. Does it actually get across what it’s like to live with metastatic breast cancer though? I’m not sure. For me it’s not just about running out of time – we’re effectively all running out of time from the moment we’re born – it’s about the time that’s taken up with “managing” the disease and dealing with new occurrences. One thing the video does make clear is that breast cancer kills – it’s not just some fluffy pink disease that’s somehow our own fault – and the numbers are actually quite staggering. They did well to choose someone so young for the video – hopefully it will help raise awareness that breast cancer is not a disease that just affects older women.
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What a different way to start the conversation about Metastatic breast cancer. Thank you for sharing Marie. I think this video is very powerful and would help those that don’t have any idea that Breast Cancer can and does kill understand on an emotional level where they could connect first and then hear the message. No one will ever understand what its like to live in our skin with the medication and side effects but they can relate to running out of time and not being able to do all of the things they want to do knowing that their time could run out. Its definitely a perspective not taken before and could be very effective. I will absolutely share with my followers and see what they think.
Wow that really brings the reality home ….
It is a nice message to remind people to look inward, to identify with their priorities. I like that it comes across as very loving. From watching those close to me who have died of cancer, I have to agree with Julia that it ignores the reality of being immersed in perpetual treatments. I’ve been thinking a lot about quality of life vs quantity of life lately. On what happens when we make decisions based on life quality. Choices not only about which treatments to pursue, but also about who we spend time with. I like that this announcement had a focus on this. I like that it highlighted that someone can be dying of cancer, without actually looking like a cancer patient.
It makes me think about something that happened many years ago, 14 years now, a friend was diagnosed with brain cancer and given 3-6 months to live. My friend and his family chose to forgo all of the offered treatments. (He was considered incurable.) He spent the next 4 months of his life relishing every moment. He and his wife traveled a bit to see other loved ones, his adult children came home to be with him. The last 2 months he was at home and received some palliative care. His passing was peaceful. Perhaps he might have lived a few months longer if he had chosen to try some experimental procedure or medications, but his choice was very inspirational to me because he was so deliberate in living his last days fully, and focused on love. I think that sometimes treatments can interfere with living fully, and shift life into simply an experience of endurance.
Thank you for sharing this.
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Thank you all for taking the time to watch this video and leave your comments. It’s very interesting to read your take on this. My initial reaction was it’s an impact video on first viewing, but I was curious to know if those of you are living with MBC think it did enough to get the message across. Your comments are really valuable – thanks again!
I saw this video on Twitter and watched it again today. Both times when I got to the end I felt it was a Canadian plea for attention to #MBC while trying to incorporate the fact that the campaign is #mbctime. It’s had to be a limited time to get a important issue before people. It opens the door for a conversation without overplaying the bleak aspects of #MBC, so for those completely unaware I’m sure the statistics are alarming for Canadians relative to the population there. It did make me think about time though more than MBC. Thanks for sharing Marie! 💜💕