If they are blessings why do they need a disguise?

No one has used that phrase about my diagnosis of breast cancer, at least not to my face but you hear it so often when someone is sick or even dying.  How their illness is a “blessing in disguise”?  I’ve never understood that. Blessing? Really? I have been blessed in many ways but having breast cancer is not in the top 10. Top 100 even.

I do admire people who can find blessings in things like illness. I’m just not at a point where I can agree.  A tip of the wig to you. 



  1. prettygirllost · January 16, 2012

    Hi there. I don’t believe cancer is a blessing either Mainlyhopeful. God wants us to be healthy and prosperous. However, I do think that God can take what Satan intended for bad and turn it to good. God blessed me many times during my treatments, but the cancer nor the side effects of treatment were a blessing. Cancer stinks!


  2. Susan · January 16, 2012

    Agree with you both, it is most definately NOT a blessing!


  3. rachturner · January 17, 2012

    I don’t think the cancer, itself, is a blessing, but my experience has been that I have received many blessings because of having cancer. Many of these blessings are things I would have never experienced were it not for having cancer such as the love and care of friends, the fresh eyes that I am now seeing my life through, and the way the diagnosis has created an even stronger bond between my husband and myself. The cancer is mean, harsh, and destructive, but I am determined that it will not drag me down to its level. I’m trying hard to focus on the best parts of it and think as little as possible about the negative side. I think the blessings aspect of having cancer is easier to accept the farther away we get from diagnosis. On day one, there was too much shock, too much fear and too many tears to even think about blessings. Nine months into this, I’m able to have a better perspective on the whole thing. Hope you are doing well today and feeling strong!


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