Last week, I shared at Awakin Circle Santa Clara that I had been diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. The love and support I got from the circle was overwhelming. Nipun gave me a huge book
by Awakin Call guest Michael Lerner
that had been sitting in his closet waiting for the perfect time to be gifted. Viral shared a story about a Japanese man he and Nipun met on an airplane when they were teenagers who recovered after being given a prognosis of 8 weeks to live. Harshida offered to make me home made vegetable juice when I told her I was fasting and couldn’t eat her delicious food. Kara cried tears of compassion all night and told me that she loved me. Emails came in with love, concern, and insight into different treatment programs. I feel loved, hugged, and cared for by the whole ServiceSpace ecosystem.
I am grateful for every hug, smile, and prayer. When I joined ServiceSpace, I didn’t realize that I was being reborn into a new family, but this experience makes it obvious—to quote Sister Sledge, “We are family” or to quote Lilo and Stitch
, “Ohana means family—family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”
It occurred to me the other day that the question of “how can I be of service?” has changed. The “I” that wants to serve, now includes a cancer diagnosis. So I am wondering “how can being diagnosed with cancer serve others?” I am feeling into this area of service and welcome any insights and/or suggestions.