Our community is in good placeI have returned from my second visit to the Cancer Center of America.
My first tenure occurred two or three weeks after the facility opened. I was impressed then but everyone knew “the crowd will be coming soon.” This assumption was beyond correct because now there are waiting rooms filled and a waiting list. Advertised as the Cancer Center of Atlanta, patients, guests and caregivers soon learn the facility is in the heart of Newnan. Believe it or not, this discovery brings added joy.
The center is filled with state-of-the-art equipment. Everyone is on the same page. The gamerooms, libraries, computer access and chapel add to a climate that is nothing short of positive. What I appreciate most is each member of your support team comes to you, eliminating unnecessary movement from one office to another.
This is nothing good about cancer, but when you have it, perspectives change. Instead of facing each day as a challenge, I embrace it as a blessing. When things do become a little lousy and I feel depressed, I make a list of all the good things in my life, then I immediately do not feel like I was chosen last for kickball again.
Learning this magic trick has strengthened the foundation of my treatment. It has made my trips to the Cancer Center even more significant.
As I walk around Newnan, I promise myself I will never take anything for granted. I visit the parks and the libraries. I dine at the restaurants. I do what I can to support the businesses on the square, and I so enjoy the warmth of a passerby’s smile.
The Cancer Center is just another in a long list of things we can be proud of. We may not be perfect in Newnan, but I strongly feel we -- as a community -- are in a good place right now -- as I am.
From one survivor to another, I just wanted to say thanks.
Chuck Carter, Newnan