The "C" word is an extremely difficult topic for me to think about or talk about. It scares me beyond belief and even writing this paragraph is a challenge. Twenty years ago cancer hit our family like a tornado and ripped our lives to shreds. After battling cancer for more than 5 years, my 32 year old aunt lost her long and brave fight. Just three months before that at 56 years old, my grandmother, the matriarch of our family, was quickly taken from us after learning she had pancreatic cancer only 5 short months before. Leaving her children and grandchildren to carry on without her.
The impact from this cruel and brutal double loss in our family has been devastating and long-lasting. We still feel the effects in the wake of our loss. The emotional scars and grief are still evident in all of us. Sometimes we wallow in the pain that feels as fresh now as it did when we heard the diagnosis in August 1995. But, mostly, we carry on because we have to. And occasionally, an opportunity comes along to help others gain strength from our experience.
On the rare occasion I allow myself to think back to those days...months...years, I pray that there comes a day when cancer doesn't equal a death sentence. I hope through research, that not only do they find cures for all forms of cancer - they reveal the cause and teach prevention. I want our government, companies and corporations to have our health and the health of future generations as their first priority not the bottom line.
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