My name is Dane McCormack. In 2018, I battled a severe and complicated case of T-cell Lymphoma cancer. While I lost a lot during my journey, I also gained a lot and am better because of my illness. I lost the toes off my right foot, parts of my bowel, my ability to eat meat and seafood, my long and short term memories, my father who passed away from cancer while I was having bowel surgery, my sense of smell, my sense of taste, and my sense of place.
Some of the medication I was taking had drawn the blood away from my extremities, causing my toes to become gangrenous, and resulting in the toes on my right foot being cut off. This, in turn, caused balance issues and severe nerve damage on the soles of both my feet, making it very difficult to walk. I’m now a slow walker who likes to sit down a lot. Slowing down has changed how I view the world. I now see all the beauty on Earth, which has allowed me to become more appreciative of everything. In fact, there is wonder in almost everything I see—not just nature.