My Favourite Quote: Alexander Porter, Search It Local

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.” – African Proverb

This is a quote taken from an African proverb. With a variety of applications, this quote resonates with me as part of my cancer journey.

Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia as a 20 year old, the journey to rebuild my body and mind was a slow, painful one.

In time I realised that life isn’t a measure of how others view you, but how you view yourself.

I’ll always have scars from my surgeries in hospital, pains that stay with me, and uncertainty that lingers in the back of my mind. But that quote – if there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm – reminds me to accept my life, body and mind for what they are.

It’s no one’s place to judge me. Just as no one should be judged at all.

We’re all on our own journey, all with our own cross to bear. And if you can find a way to be comfortable with who you are, and I mean *truly* comfortable, then you’ll be the most at peace version of you possible.

Alexander Porter is a cancer survivor and Head of Copy at Search It Local.
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