The Big “C”.
Otherwise known as C-A-N-C-E-R, first came into my world as a young teen. A trip to the movies was still a novelty. I think Terms of Endearment was one of five movies I saw in the theater in my entire childhood years; Snow White, CaddyShack, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, and On Golden Pond were the other four. Because I saw so few, movies back then had quite an impression on me. Terms of Endearment left a clear picture of what cancer was like: HORRIBLE with a capital H; pain, suffering, vomit, weight loss,desperate crying, weakness, and sure to end in death.
Cancer is not a modern day disease.
“Some of the earliest evidence of human bone cancer was found in mummies in ancient Egypt and in ancient manuscripts dates about 1600 B.C. The world’s oldest recorded case of breast cancer hails from ancient Egypt in 1500 BC and it was recorded that there was no treatment for the cancer,…” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2927383/)
Remission, temporary cure of cancer is a modern day accomplishment. Yet, cancer still remains to be the second leading cause of death for humankind.
One who lives after the diagnosis, surgery, and toxic chemical treatment of cancer is dubbed a “SURVIVOR.” I am one such person. Although, I would say that I am not really a survivor…because I am daily S U R V I V I N G the ravages of the treatments in my everyday life. Cancer cells are gone – but side effects remain. Surviving is ongoing.
I am here.
Sustained and upheld; given daily breath: I breathe. Love and comfort have been mine.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3 &4
This is why I wrote.
This is why I persist in writing.
Today is World Cancer Awareness Day.
If you have cancer… if you know of anyone who is suffering in such a way.. please consider doing three things:
1. Love them just as they are…ease their suffering any way you can.
2. Contact me. I personally will write a note of encouragement to you, or to your loved one, wherever they are in this world. I will share my belief that there is truly ALWAYS A SONG OF HOPE.
3. Consider purchasing my book, Towdah, and sharing it with others. It is my personal journey through cancer and I wish to share it as an encouragement to all who read.
Blessing to you my friendly readers!
Make my joy complete by sharing my message and by allowing me to be used by God to encourage and give hope!