I normally try not to be too personal on my blog as I understand there are certain things I can and cannot share. Yet today, I must open up about something near and dear to my heart. The fact that the last six months of my life, I’ve experienced firsthand what it is like to be impacted by a loved one fighting cancer. My family has been part of the startling figure: There are one million new cases of cancer diagnosed in the United States every year.
I will not lie. The initial news of my loved one’s cancer diagnosis was devastating. My life fell apart as I was buried in fear, shock, anger and despair. But one thing never ever left us after hearing this cruel news. Our love for one another and our hope that we would help our loved one fight this awful disease and win.
Today ironically enough, on World Cancer Day we heard incredible, amazing news. That for now, the cancer is in remission, something we did not think would at all be possible so soon. Although the news is the best possible, we will continue to fight this battle to the end and never lose sight of hope and gratitude for our lives. For that is the best we can ask for. The time we get on this Earth is sacred and it is short. Every day is a gift. That is why they call it the present.
One thing I have learned so far through this entire ordeal is that I am not alone. In fact, everyone I know has been impacted by cancer either by a family member or close friend. But the diagnosis of cancer is no longer a death sentence. In fact we have made remarkable progress in fighting cancer which is a cause to celebrate.
Per the American Cancer Society, 60 years ago 1 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer would survive. Today, 2 out of 3 people will survive.
What if the entire world joined forces to fight cancer?
Today, Tuesday, February 4th is World Cancer Day, a time when organizations and individuals around the world send a message: Ending cancer should be a global health priority.
According to the latest data released by the World Health Organization, an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths occurred in 2012, compared with 12.7 million and 7.6 million, respectively, in 2008. World Cancer Day, an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. This year’s campaign will focus on reducing stigma and dispelling myths about cancer.
What you can do today to help fight cancer? Color your Facebook or Twitter profile purple to celebrate cancer survivors on World Cancer Day by clicking here. For every purple profile, Chevrolet will contribute $1 to the American Cancer Society for every purple profile, up to $1 million.
For more information on cancer, World Cancer Day and support, contact the American Cancer Society’s website which has an abundant amount of resources.
I’m glad your loved one is in remission, Nicole. I will pray for their continued recovery.
It’s shocking just how many people are affected, directly or indirectly, by this terrible disease. I have lost a very close friend and a treasured relative during the past year. It’s sometimes very hard to bear.
Thanks Marianne. Yes it is so incredibly scary. Way too many people I know have suffered from cancer. The last six months have been very very hard. I’m just glad it is in control now as I didn’t know how I’d make it through if things were worse.
Hang on in there. I know it’s tough.
Thanks Marianne! 🙂
I just lost a dear friend. She died yesterday from brain cancer and I feel very sad!
Oh I am so incredibly sorry. That is terrible to hear. A friend of mine also died of brain cancer right after the birth of her second child. She was only 32 and never got to raise her children. It is a terrible disease and I hope someday they have a cure.
Certainly it’s a terrible disease! I’m also sorry to hear about your friend! God bless all the families that have to deal with this..
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With the supports from you and friends, your loved one will be stronger to win the cancer flight.
Thanks Amy. It has been so incredibly hard. I am very very close to my dad and he is so amazingly fit and healthy. It has been a very hard journey but I’m really glad he is doing better now.
I remember seeing his photo you posted that you both hiked on Alps, he looked young and fit. I understand how difficult the journey is, I went through with my father. Be strong, he needs your support.
Thanks Amy! I am headed out to AZ again on Thursday and am very excited about it. Hope we can do another hike again soon! 🙂
Sending strength and positive energy to you and your loved one. The gift of sharing one’s own challenges in life I believe gives hope and courage to others.
Wow, what beautiful words of wisdom. Thank you so much. I hope my words help even if they aren’t always cheery as we all know life is full of ups and downs. Thank you!
You are most welcome! I’m cheering in your corner and thankful for your honesty of the ups and downs. All the very best.
I remember your getting this news, but, gosh, I’m thrilled to hear, now, about the remission. Thanks for sharing, Nicole. Blessings to you and your family!
Hugs from Ecuador,
Thanks Kathy. I feel like after six months I can breathe again. It has been a hard journey and isn’t over as he will always have it in him. It just is in remission for now and hopefully it will never come back! 🙂
I am so glad to hear that your loved one is in remission Nicole. We all need to remember that every day is a precious gift. I read this this morning, it made me sad to think it might be true.
Thanks Jo. I read this article too. Yes it is scary. I often wonder if our environment and lives is what contributes to such a rise. It scares me how many healthy people get it. But the good news is that cancer treatment has come so incredibly far. That is the saving grace. 🙂
I missed this yesterday, Nicole, but now I know the significance of the purple profiles I saw online today. Knowing how very close you are to your Dad, I am overjoyed at this news of yours 🙂
Thanks Jo. I feel like this incredibly dark heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The last six months have been so painful. I know he can get it again as it is never cured but at least I know now we can beat it. You realize how amazing the power of family love can be. I feel so incredibly grateful for what I have.
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So pleased to hear this news Nicole, as I know first-hand the roller-coaster ride the family, as well as the patient, is on dealing with this insidious disease.
Thanks LuAnn. It is a relief but I know it isn’t quite over.
It is something that is always there, just not something to dwell upon.
Love those words LuAnn. Life is about living each day without worrying about the future or dwelling upon the past! 🙂 Looks like you are enjoying Florida!
We are! 🙂
Nicole, This is SUCH fabulous new. It’s a glorious day when you get that news, and I am so happy for your family. Wishing you all the very best, Terri
Thanks Terri! Although it can always come back at least we know it has stopped for now. I tell you, the world can be a difficult place. WE’ve got to enjoy each moment! 🙂