I’m not a promoter of all the cancer research fundraising that goes on. I believe that if they wanted to cure or prevent cancer they could, but all that money goes to finding new drugs that make the pharmaceutical companies richer and us poorer. If people really want to make a difference to someone who already has cancer, then go visit them, make a meal, make a quilt, pay part of medical bill, pay a WHOLE medical bill, tell them a joke and make them smile. I have known several people with cancer and the cancer research companies didn’t help them through it one bit. Real people did though.
That being said, it is breast cancer awareness month and I’ve been reading a lot about people’s stories of breast cancer. The women (and men) who endure, overcome, and sometimes succumb to breast cancer are all miracles. They all have their own story. Each of those stories is unique because no two people have exactly the same experiences and everyone tells them from a different perspective. All of them are important and meaningful.
If I started a list of people I’ve known who have had cancer, it would be very long. Most of it would be family. I am trying to be positive about this, but it seems to be coming through with a little anger or bitterness. I apologize for that. To date, the only cancer survivors I know are women who had breast cancer. Of the four women who had breast cancer, only one died, three are still living cancer free. Everyone else has succumbed to the disease, except my father, who is currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer. It seems that breast cancer is the most easily found and when found early, can be treated much more effectively. A big cheer to all of you who have survived it, and many prayers for those of you battling it.
I have a lot of theories and thoughts on the subject, and some of them aren’t met with enthusiasm. I believe in keeping an open mind and am willing to listen to all theories. As with anyone, I discard the ones I don’t agree with and focus on and expand on the ones that I do agree with. The most important idea there is that I am will to listen. I often take what I hear and read and do my own research and form my own opinions. I rarely take anything that someone says and embrace or discard it without doing some digging. Not all of my opinions are based on scientific facts though. A lot of them are purely experiential or based on faith.
I have told my family that I will never get cancer. I do believe this can be true, but I need to start taking better care of myself now. Prevention is better than any treatment that I know of. I am certainly not against medicine, but wouldn’t it be better if we could lower the incidence of cancer instead of just the survival rates? On that note, I need to go schedule a mammogram and a colonoscopy. I may believe that I am never going to get it, but if I do, I want to catch it early.
**I plan to write a few more articles/stories related to cancer in general during the rest of October, perhaps, some family stories.**
- Breast cancer cases in India to double by 2030 (docrohan.wordpress.com)
- Don’t be stupid like me. (warwearyarmywife.wordpress.com)
- Is Preventative Surgery the Answer to Breast Cancer? (epicahealth.com)
- Worldwide Faces of Breast Cancer….For Mom Day 17 (laurabwilliamsdesigns.wordpress.com)
- Breast Cancer Survivor: Don’t Go Through It Alone (healthbistro.lifescript.com)
- 5 Ways To Support Breast Cancer Patients (healthbistro.lifescript.com)
- Faces of Breast Cancer (nytimes.com)