Connie Johnson Shares Positive Post As She Faces Final Stages Of Terminal Cancer
Connie Johnson has given so many hope and support while battling her own terminal cancer. The 40 year old sister of actor Samuel Johnson has shared the most touching and positive post on the Love Your Sister’s Facebook page where she admitted that while it’s been a struggle she’s trying to “find the positives” in her situation.
Connie was first diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 11 and a tumour was found in her womb at 22. She has more recently battled breast and liver cancers.
On Tuesday night Connie said that despite “feeling cheated out of those normal daily experiences” and “mourning the loss” of usual bodily functions, she remained “wonderfully happy” with the parts of her life she can still celebrate.
Lately it’s been hard for me to find the positives. I have been mourning the loss of lots of my bodily function. I can’t walk anymore. Breathing has become difficult with the swelling of the liver. Sitting up is difficult with the swollen abdomen. Eating has become a bit of a chore rather than something pleasurable and I have been feeling cheated out of those normal daily experiences. But today I realised that I still have my mind, there’s no cancer there. I still have my hands and my arms for hugging my children, I still have eyesight for seeing my friends, I still have my hearing for lovely conversations and music. I still have a couple of hours a day when I can do my craft. These are things to celebrate, I just feel so wonderfully happy!
“Today I realised that I still have my mind, there’s not cancer there. I still have my hands and my arms for hugging my children, I still have eyesight for seeing my friends,” she wrote.
Samuel revealed last month that his sister was “actively dying” and moving into hospice care after ceasing all treatment for the final stage breast cancer and liver that has racked for body for three years.
“Con’s needed a lot of quiet time lately to try and comprehend the total head******y that ‘actively dying’ brings. She’s been colouring in to keep the nasty thoughts at bay! She said to tell you that there’s life in the old dog yet,” he wrote.
The mum of Willoughby, 10, and Hamilton, 9 still manages to smile and find things to be grateful for while she accepts the direction her life has taken.
“I still have my hearing for lovely conversations and music. I still have a couple of hours a day when I can do my craft. These are things to celebrate, I just feel so wonderfully happy!”
Connie’s adoring brother also wrote an emotional letter to his sister where he announced he was retiring from acting to focus full-time on his sister’s wellbeing and Love Your sister, which was raised $5 million so far for cancer research.
“Thanks for showing me that life is what we make it to be. I wish I could soften your pain, or lessen your fear, or give you something tangible … I’m proud to walk you to the hardest part of the road. The end. The only part of the road in your life that must sadly be travelled alone. Stand tall through that savage march, stand big and tall, dear sister, for you have lived a life to be proud of,” he wrote.
Not surprisingly, the support for Connie has come in hard and fast from many who are battling the disease themselves.
“Connie, you have raised awareness and grown a village that will support you during the hardest walk that you both are travelling,” one supporter said.
“I have so much love for you and Connie. The courage you both continue to show and the empire you both have built is beyond words,” wrote another.
Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your beautiful family Con.
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