The Dalai Lama says there are only 2 days you cant do anything about that's yesterday and tomorrow. Today is the day and sometimes it takes an illness like cancer to teach us.
You've expressed your thoughts beautifully.
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Its so frightening when you are diagnosed with cancer. I think your mind goes into shock which I think is a way of protecting you as it prevents you from thinking straight. No cancer is a good one to have but as you say stage 2 is better than 3 or 4. My family except for one brother lives overseas and it is the hardest thing to have to tell your parents because at the end of the day you are still one of their children and no parent wants to see a child suffer. I kept it from my mother as long as possible too as I knew how upset she would be.
With regard to your disability insurance for your mortgage, contact the insurer direct as the bank only issues the policy, the insurance company is the one who will pay the claim.
Something else I didn't know when diagnosed was you can also access your super for medical bills or mortgage arrears which might give you some peace of mind.
The cancer council also have financial advisors available to help you.
Cancer does make you realise how strong you are as a person and your friends already see this in you, right now this isn't much comfort to you but you will come out the other side.
Wishing you all the best in your journey.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.