One of the things about cancer is that it’s a journey that doesn’t focus on just you alone.
Very often, a battle against cancer is not a battle that you fight alone. It brings in everyone around you. Sometimes it could be just your family. Other times it could be the world.
This does not change the fact that cancer drains not just the person who carries it, but their caretakers. The people who will help you treat the disease. The people who will hold on your hands as you fight the pain. The same people who will tear to see a loved one fighting against a pain they can do nothing to salvage.
Cancer brings out the worst and best of humanity, much like the rest of the other serious diseases. The only thing we know for certain is that most cancers strike at random. Most cancers, including breast cancer, have no real patterns (I have heard a theory that says cancer is caused by repressed anger. I do not know).
What I do know is that in the battle against cancer, we often forget the casualties. The ones who have fought along with the patient.
This is one of the reasons I support Makna and their volunteer program. Very often the press focuses on those who have survived, on those who have “won” the battle against cancer. But you know what? Whenever you interview these survivors, they all say the same thing.
“If it weren’t for my family and the people around me, I wouldn’t be alive.”
So say thank you to the people around you today. The ones who have stood with you all these times. Don’t let it be too late.
This entry has been written in support of Makna for PinkOcto. Please donate!
Original entry as appearing at Ink to Screen.