Facing My Fears of The Big “C”

It was just a few short months ago the doctor announced I have cervical cancer. I remember the moment he said the words right after my biopsy came back, he began telling me about the procedure he was going to do and my brain didn’t quite register it all. Fast-forward several months later, and now I’m facing my fears of dealing with the dreaded “C” and all that comes along with it.

The quote is true. Fear is the dark room where all the negatives are developed and lately I’ve been over-processing my film of life.

I don’t want cancer. Nobody does. Sometimes I feel like what I’m going through is happening to someone else. Then other times, I feel it. I know that’s hard to believe, but I do. I feel it rotting inside my body, making me weak and ill and I have to try hard to keep my spirits lifted, especially for the boys.

Trace lately won’t leave me alone. He clings to me for dear life. People say don’t talk about it with him, but I’m not that kind of parent. If he has questions, of course I answer them. After losing my sister-in-law and Trace watching his young three year old cousin grieve for his mother, me having cancer has been extremely difficult on my son. He’s terrified to lose me which has only heightened my own fears.

What if…

I can’t finish that sentence because remaining positive is important, but it lingers in the back of my mind. How could it not? What if… What would they do? My family? Who could help them? How could they cope? Who would love them if not me? 

Tears flow from my eyes just thinking about it, so of course I push it back, ignore it, pretend it’s happening to someone else. It’s just easier. I tell myself to be hopeful. I tell myself I’ll be okay. The guilt, shame, blame, fear, anxiety, stress and worry have no room inside my heart. Just them. My love for them and my will to be healthy.

I’m terrified. I won’t like to you. Lots of people tell me it’s nothing. Oh — I had it and got it dealt with. You’ll be fine. You’ll be okay. It’s nothing to worry about. That all seems great, but at the end of the day when I lie in bed in wee hours of the morning, sleep unable to come. I can’t help but wonder…

I want to be here.

I don’t want to leave the people I love.

That is my real fear comes into play. The pain of it hurts so deeply. But I also realize that it’s not up to us. My sister-in-law never wanted to leave her babies and yet did. There are no guarantees in life and because of that, because of the love I have for my kids and husband. I will continue to fight but what if it’s not enough. What if I try and still…

I don’t want to think about it.

I can’t think about it.

Thinking about puts me in a place of despair. A place of heartache. A place where I am alone — so very alone and sitting with so many questions and no answers. Just my fears.

Faith is seeing the light when all your eyes see is the darkness… – unknown


  1. Darlene Schuller November 10, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Jodi… what you are feeling, your thoughts, it’s all normal… part of the ‘process’…. acceptance sets in and along with that will come the incredible will and strength to fight…without the “what ifs”…

    this is not an easy situation that you have been put in.. take it easy on yourself.. it’s ok to be scared.

  2. Darlene Schuller November 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Some sh*t just doesn’t make sense… Cancer is one.

    I am so truly sorry that you are facing this. You have my sincere thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. You are no doubt a strong woman, still human, but strong. You’ve got this. Just keep repeating those words over and over “I’ve got this”.. & believe it!

    1. Jodi - Site Author November 10, 2015 at 1:16 am

      Oh your words are so kind Darlene. Thank you so much, I keep telling myself that every day. It’s scare when we get older, I keep thinking man I didn’t have these fears in my 20’s or even 30’s. Now that I’m 40 with an 9-year-old, it’s funny how I am afraid – so afraid to leave my kids behind without me, so worried for them. But that’s what is going to keep me fighting. πŸ™‚ <3

  3. Jeannie November 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Oh Jodi! I’m thinking of you and your family! I can only imagine what you are going through and all your fears. If you ever need to vent…need to cry, I am here for you!!

    1. Jodi - Site Author November 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks so much Jeannie, having my blog and being able to talk about it helps.

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