Sometimes we need to search for a Silver Lining when times get tough; for some it is easy, for others the challenge is harder. Recently I have had an overflow of patients dealing with life threatening conditions come to me in search of a positive attitude and some consoling. At times it becomes hard to lift them up when you truly feel sorry for them and sometimes want to cry along with them.

As it is October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, I decided to tell you about a strong, young woman I have been treating for the past 7 months. She is a loving wife and the mother of an 11 year old boy who thinks the world of her. She was diagnosed 4 years ago with breast cancer and was told she would require a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation; then a check up in 5 years. Unfortunately the process was not what her or her family expected. She is now in her 4th cancer recurrence in 4 years. A trial at a mayo clinic was cancelled when the cancer returned; so she is back to chemo. This is her hardest round of chemo on her mentally and physically. She comes in feeling exhausted and has to push herself through her aquatic therapy.

Today we spoke about finding the Silver Lining. We spoke about friends who have recently decided to give up, people who haven’t stopped pushing but continue to hear bad news, and how to stay positive in times of heartache and struggle.

So where is the silver lining in all of this bad news? She is ALIVE. She gets to continue to see her son achieve greatness in school and sports. She has a loving husband and supportive friends and family. There are good days along with the bad days.

When this question is asked, I simply ask the same question in return. You may have to search for the silver lining in a bad day, but there is always a more difficult situation going on somewhere else and a reason you can be happy today. Every dark rain cloud has a silver lining.

Have a great weekend! Congratulations to all of the strong Breast Cancer survivors and the ones that help them find their silver lining!