Tuesday, September 15, 2009

cancer is a word, not a sentence


I really want to believe John Diamond's words.
Cancer claimed my parents, both at only age 66 ... numerous relatives...
a classmate who was also too young...
beloved friends... and cherished pets.
I'm not even counting the many lost to cancer who
were all of the above to others,
whose paths never crossed mine,
but whose life experience had a ripple effect on their loved ones
in the same ways that my losses affected my life.
I want to believe that cancer is just a word, not a sentence,
and I do believe that it will become reality.

There have been miracles here and there.

But I want to see miracles happen all the time.

Frankly, I'd like to see the terms "cancer survivor" and "miracle" not even remotely connected.
"Cancer survivor" should be just another fact of life.

Like having a cold and getting over it.

7 comments:

GregoryRoad said...

Amen to that.

Grove Designs Co, aka Kriskropmemories said...

I only hope in my lifetime we will see this happen. My Dad passed away (it would have been his b-day tomorrow)4 years ago at the age of 53, he died of lung cancer and I can't get over just how unfair it is, to be so young. My mother has battled breast cancer but I can't get over how many people have cancer, why can't we figure it out?

goodkarma said...

i have hope. someday this will be true.

both of my parents have been diagnosed with cancer within the last 7 months. i don't want my own children to ever have to experience what i'm going through right now.

Lone Star Wax Works said...

I hope they find a cure for all cancers..wished it were in my lifetime.My father died of lung cancer at 52..I was 14. Seems like yesterday. Was just watching Patrick Swayze to..fellow Texan,went to college right down the street here..hometown boy. So sad...even sadder when you know how it feels to lose someone close to you.It's a terrible disease...out of all these years,I surely pray they get closer to curing this dreaded disease.

Lonesome Road Studio said...

Hugs to all of you... my father had lung cancer as well. My mother had colon cancer.
Yes, I was feeling extremely sad at the passing of Patrick Swayze; what a class act he was and what a loss at such a young age. :(

I think the statistics are that 1 in 3 will have cancer; that is just staggering to me.

Bellatina Creations said...

I came to look at your blog and ended up finding you have a great quote as well. I’ve never heard it before but I love it. It’s so powerful and very true. Every year it seems that more and more people join the fight to find a cure for cancer, so hopefully something great will happen soon.

Lonesome Road Studio said...

Thank you Bellatina - I'm with you in hope.

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