Living the Questions

Part of the hardest thing to deal with when you’re a cancer patient is all of the questions.  Why me?  Do I do the chemotherapy?  What about radiation?  How will I feel about losing my hair?  How will others feel about me when they know I have cancer? Will I live?

The questions are seemingly endless sometimes – it’s a very confronting time of your life.  For myself, I had a hard time with this initially.  I’ve always been a decisive person, knew what I wanted, knew where I was going… or so I thought.

This poem from German poet Rainer Maria Rilke really helped me and I hope it helps you too:

Be patient toward

all that is unsolved

in your heart

and try to love the questions themselves.

Do not now seek the answers

which cannot be given you

because you would not be able to live them

and the point is to live everything.

Live the questions now.

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