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.