If cancer has taken or affected the life of someone you love, “Like” this post.
I’d have to “like” it several times for the number of people I know who have had cancer and survived, and a few more times for the people I know who were not so fortunate.
My first exposure to cancer was when I was in high school. My mom’s eldest brother, Noel was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was a junior. The summer following his diagnosis, he had lung surgery to remove the cancer and parts of his lung. I don’t know the particulars of what happened next but I know that they took the wrong lung. He passed away my senior year in high school as he lost his battle with cancer.
Shortly thereafter, my mom’s youngest brother, Quentin, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma. He had a spot on his scalp that he never got checked out. As a result of his lackadaisical approach to his healthcare, he eventually passed away after fighting cancer for a few years. He was 41.
Both of my grandfathers, my mom, my sister, and I have all had skin cancers removed from our bodies, so clearly the gene is there.
Most recently, an extremely close family friend lost her life to lung cancer. She had also battled and won a fight with breast cancer, but it was the lung cancer that eventually took her life. It is devastating to have so many people in my life being affected by cancer, which is why I am a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society.
I appreciate their efforts to find cures for cancer, and to figure out what causes cancers beyond the obvious offenders. If I told you that a simple diet change would drastically reduce your risk of developing cancer, would you listen? Would you make the change? Just food for thought, we’ll talk about that another day.
In the meantime, what do you think about The American Cancer Society’s Happy Birthday campaign? I find it inspiring. Here is my favorite video:
This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society.