Today a friend told me about her mum. “She has cancer in her
bones, a long slow ticking time bomb” and my friend also also just found out yesterday her 48 year-old sister has breast cancer.
She wrote “I remembered how strong you were recently with Mojo and your sister’s cancer. How is your sister? Is her treatment going well?”
Compassion and fear both flowed in her words. I told her that my sister finished her radiation, and is hopeful that she has kicked cancer’s butt! Mojo is doing great too!
I wrote back to my friend immediately, and said among other things that I thought one thing that might help her was knowledge. Knowledge is power. That sure helped me cope with my sister Wendy and Mojo’s recent bouts with cancer. I read everything I could, and that made me feel in control. Well, a little bit anyway. We can wish and we can pray. We must be strong for our loved ones. I told her that she and her mum and sis might find comfort, strength, power and information by reading about others who are going through the same thing. We can all fight cancer, whether we are suffering from it now, are survivors or know someone who is fighting cancer now, or is fighting for someone who has lost their battle with cancer. We all are in one or more of these categories.
I won’t tell you to write a check, to walk or run, or anything else. When cancer touches you, you will act in the way that works for you. But for my friend and friends I don’t know yet, here are some ideas.
You can turn your fear into action. Donate, Educate, Advocate or Volunteer. Here are some ideas.
Join the Army Of Women. The goal is to recruit one million healthy women of every age and ethnicity, including breast cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease, to partner with breast cancer researchers and directly participate in the research that will eradicate breast cancer once and for all. I am very proud that Wendy and I joined the army. And at a recent club meeting, a friend came up to me and told me she had joined too!
Just about every town has a Relay for life cancer walk. Walkers, donations, volunteers and friends are all needed.
I want to work in every way to rid cancer from my family and every family, in what ever small or big way that I can.
And I want to honor those who have lost the fight by fighting back against cancer. I want to Donate, Educate, Advocate and Volunteer.
I want to be strong and fight strong against cancer! I hope you’ll join me!