* Today is a Gray Day

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss titles is actually not one of his most famous books. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Dr. Seuss and all that he did for children’s literature. He understood how to write so that children could both enjoy and understand his words. I think that’s why I love My Many Colored Days so much. In this story, a child experiences many moods and each mood is described by a different color.

One of the most interesting things to me is that Dr. Seuss describes the Purple Day as one of being sad and walking alone. I find it ironic that purple is also the universal color to signify cancer. Like I said, there’s a lot of truth and understanding in children’s books.

The color I most related to during my cancer journey was gray. On a Gray Day, “Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today.” Sometimes I felt like I was in another world just watching everything and everyone go by; not exactly sure where I fit in. It was almost like I was outside myself, seeing life go by but not feeling like I could participate at the moment. Sometimes, I still have those gray days when I let the reality of being a cancer survivor get into my head.

The true beauty of this story is that every day can be a different day and that whatever that day may bring as far as feelings go, it’s okay. I can be excited, energetic, quiet, angry, depressed or calm and again, that’s okay. What matters most is that I will eventually go back to just being ME, the unique individual I am; a thriver!

Blessings, Cindy J

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