uffering is a part of the human condition, and no one is immune to its effects. And all of our burdens come in different shapes and forms, and all most of us hope for is compassion from others. Strangers, though, are more likely to act with kindness and patience toward those with an outwardly obvious affliction (like one that requires a wheelchair or walker).
But what about those who suffer in silence?
One woman recently experienced the pitfalls of bearing a cross that no one else can see. The subject of a random person's ridicule, Lexi Baskin is a prime example of what happens when we assume we know what someone's going through before bothering to ask or offer a helping hand.
It would be great to skirt life's trials, but none of us is ever exempt.
The hardest part of being a human is having to suffer from time to time. No person on earth can escape bad things happening, whether it’s something big, like losing a job, or a smaller annoyance like getting ready to leave for a road trip only to discover you need a new set of breaks.
Sometimes, those battles can more brutal than others.
At any point in time, smaller sufferings can be minimized when an even greater trial rears its head out of nowhere. The loss of a spouse or child is unthinkable, as is abuse. Same goes for a loved one getting diagnosed with a devastating disease.
Cancer undoubtedly falls into this category.
By this point, it’s touched and taken an innumerable amount of lives. No one wants to hear the word “cancer” as it relates to themselves or a loved one, but it’s part of our reality. And it’s one that many people have to accept and bravely stare into the face of. It requires endurance of the highest order, testing even the strongest among us.
It's a struggle that has a habit of inspiring compassion and kindness.
Knowing the enormous burden that cancer patients shoulder normally inspires the utmost in goodwill and compassion in others. When we find out a loved one is battling it or simply meet a stranger who’s in the trenches of chemo or radiation, it urges us to lend a hand or a smile to let them know we’re on their side. Usually, we’re ready to dole all the laughs, hugs, and empathy we possibly can.
For those without outward signs of struggle, things can be even tougher.
Not every cancer patient shows visible signs of their very real, internal battle. Those beginning treatment often have yet to lose their hair, and they may look as strong or healthy as anyone from the outside. If the person doesn’t share their condition with those around them, no one would ever know what they’re going through.