Acceptance is a key concept for us to continue living a full and happy life despite our cancer.

What is acceptance? True acceptance is much like the serenity prayer that Alcoholics Anonymous uses and that everyone can benefit from:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the
courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the

I often find myself saying, “It is what it is.” Like the serenity prayer, that little
phrase helps me to focus on acceptance of what is. It is what it is. You
do what you can with the situation, but some things you just can’t
change. “It is what it is.”

Joel T Nowak, MA, MSW