Tonight on television, there is a program that will air on all the major networks called, “Stand Up To Cancer.” I have written about cancer before in this blog…I have been vocal about my hatred of this disease. Like so many others, cancer has left its mark on my family and friends. In many ways it has changed the course of my life, like nothing else. Both my wife and I, have autoimmune diseases, but still I find myself fighting cancer more than anything else. For the last thirty-five years the word, cancer, has been in my life…I want it out! So I ask that tonight, as you go about your lives, please stop and remember all the loved ones that you have lost, those that keep fighting, and those that have won the fight.
I am thinking of adding a cancer ribbon line of jewelry to my Etsy store. I will give all the proceeds to cancer research. I will keep you updated about this project.
I am going to make a speech tonight at the Relay for Life Cancer Run, in Edmonton. I’m glad that I am making this speech, because it is on behalf of all caregivers who have made the journey through the battle against cancer with a loved one. I can make this speech because my loved one, survived. When the journey started I was not so sure that I would be able to say that four years down the line…in fact the odds were greatly against this outcome…but, thank God, we all made it. Not everyone I have helped on the journey through cancer…yes, there has been more than one…has survived, but as time goes on, the odds are getting better. I have heard that 1 in 2 of us will get cancer in their lifetime, that statistic is frightening.
It takes a lot of people to fight cancer, on an individual level, and on a global level. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to fight cancer. There are a team on people…doctors, nurses, social workers, caregivers, family, friends, and especially the person who has the cancer…that have to work together to fight. Sometimes we lose the fight, sometimes we win, but we must come to the fight prepared for battle…knowing that we are literally fighting for someone’s life. If you are battling this disease right now, either because you have cancer, or you are helping someone who has cancer, my prayers are with you. It is a long road full of lessons to learn, tears shed, feelings shared, and hopefully even some laughter…fight on my friends, fight on.