Cancer Free at Last


Free at last, Free at Last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

After two and a half years since diagnosed with Stage 2 colorectal cancer, I’m cancer free. I don’t mean that I don’t have any cancer in my body, because we all have cancerous cells in our bodies. I mean cancer has set me free.

Cancer showed me how to embrace and bless everything that life has to offer. This freedom to love all that arises has made all the difference. Nowadays, when I hear myself saying, “God Dammit!” I immediately stop and say, “God Bless It!” because I know that everything is a blessing.

Pierre Pradervand, author of The Gentle Art of Blessing, said it best:

“When something goes completely askew in your day, some unexpected event knocks down your plans and you too also, burst into blessing: for life is teaching you a lesson, and the very event you believe to be unwanted, you yourself called forth, so as to learn the lesson you might balk against were you not to bless it. Trials are blessings in disguise, and hosts of angels follow in their path.”

I see now that I “called forth” cancer to teach me deep lessons. Cancer revealed to me the “hosts of angels” both visible and invisible that are available at any moment. From my Hawaiian Grandfather, who died of lung cancer over 20 years ago, to members of my meditation circle and men’s group to my two Shi Tzu dogs lying on the couch as I type, the world is full of angels to guide us, help us, and love us through thick and thin.

It is so amazing to be back—as a father, a blogger, a human being. I have so much to share with you. Stay tuned.



28 comments on “Cancer Free at Last

  1. I have a million things to do but I saw your post in my intray and immediately had to come read it! So happy for you Kozo!
    Alison xoxox ❤

  2. tmezpoetry says:

    I am happy for you, wonderful news 🙂

  3. smilecalm says:

    how wonderful to hear
    of your journey into wellness!
    wishing you & yours
    continued happiness
    together 🙂

  4. God Bless You, I don’t know you but God sure loves you and your family.. I guess he has wonderful things to do in your life.. My daughter died last year of breast cancer. I guess he wanted his angel with him to help him up there.. I can’t even begin to say how happy I am again…
    with much love and happiness to you and your blessed family…

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      We do know each other Sherri, just not in this manifestation. Peace be with you and your daughter. I have no doubt that she is with the Divine. I realize that I still have lots of work to do here. Your daughter’s work was done. She works through her passing. We are all blessed to experience everything that God has to offer.

      With Aloha,

  5. Reblogged this on and commented:
    God Bless You and your family and I am so so happy…Sherri

  6. vernette says:

    Wonderful wonderful news! So happy for you and your family.

  7. ksbeth says:

    such wonderful news

  8. Elizabeth O says:

    When this popped up on my screen this morning, I was delighted to read it as I have followed your journey through the battles and this is great news. What a gift and perfect blessing. Your news adds a layer of divine grace for this magical holiday season. Stay well and blessed! 🤗❤

  9. Hi Kozo! Good to hear from you again. Praying that your good spirits and gratitude will continue to carry your body into Divine healing light. I look forward to hearing what you are learning.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Melanie!!! Love the Divine healing light. It is where we are all headed. Love the gratitude as well. Going to start my five things to be grateful practice again. Hugs, Kozo

  10. Sandy says:

    Hi Kozo, so very happy for you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful news.
    Much Love, Sandy

  11. ashualec says:

    Kozo, I emailed you once when I did not see you blogging and when you did not email back, I feared the worst. Curse\ bless my negative thinking.

    I am so happy to see this blog today. You have restored my faith in someway.

    Thank you

    PS Will you reply my email now if I write? 🙂

  12. whoorwhat says:

    He’s back! And I don’t just mean back on WordPress! Wonderful to read your words again, Kozo. Cheers

  13. Daydreams says:

    Had you on my mind – so I go went digging to come check on you. Then I find this wonderful news & posted on Thanksgiving – how appropriate for you, Mr. Everyday Thanksgiving.

    Missed you, Kozo. One of my angels always said “If someone pops into your mind either pray or check on them.” So glad I did. ❤

  14. nofakeshit says:

    I am so happy for you. God bless.

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