All I have to do is look at the television to see the children that are in the hospitals who are dealing with cancer as babies and tiny children. I also know people who have dealt with cancer as teenagers and I just read many articles about the increasing numbers of those in their 20’s who are being diagnosed with breast cancer, in particular. That doesn’t even begin to address the new cancer patients who are in their 30‘s and 40‘s and way beyond. The numbers are becoming staggering and I don’t know, at this very moment, of a single person who doesn’t know someone who has or had cancer. But, most of all, what is so sad to me is that once you have cancer, your life is changed forever.
Barbara Jacoby-Author of "Let Life Happen"
Regardless of the outcome from your cancer treatment, cancer will be a part of your life for the rest of your life. Every day that you take your medications or see the scars from your surgeries, you remember. Each time that you don’t feel quite right or have some unfamiliar pains, you remember. Every time someone asks you about your experiences or speaks out about the most current research in that arena, you remember. There are so many triggers that after awhile, you aren’t even aware of the vast numbers that are assaulting you but they are still having their effects on you. Even if you have a successful outcome from the treatment of your cancer, you always are looking over your shoulder, wondering when/if it just might return. Cancer rules your life.
Then there are the collateral victims of cancer. There are always those in a person’s life who feel that they are responsible for a certain person having cancer. This often happens when parents get cancer and their children feel that they did something to cause it. And speaking of the children of parents with cancer, these children begin to wonder and worry whether they will also get cancer because of their parents and the fear and psychological effect affects their lives in immeasurable ways. And how about family and friends who are not able to do as much as they would like for the cancer victims because of their own commitments to their own jobs and families, etc
And perhaps the biggest measurable toll that cancer can take on a victim is in the financial realm. Not everyone has a wonderful insurance plan to cover the very expensive treatments and medicines that a patient needs. For some, financial ruin occurs in the name of saving a life. Others sacrifice recommended treatments because they cannot afford them. Many patients and families are not willing to give up everything financially especially in those cases where the outcome of a life saved is not a certainty. For some, who will never be able to work again, not only are their jobs gone but so goes their homes and lifestyles that may not have been all that wonderful to start.
And then there are those cases where a cancer patient loses their “loved ones” when the going gets tough. Although I find it difficult to believe that anyone really loved another person if they can walk away from them when difficult medical problems arise, this may be the final straw for a patient. When you are diagnosed with cancer, the most important thing is to have those you love around you to help you and support you. If a patient all of a sudden finds himself/herself all alone, they may easily lose their will to fight the disease as they have lost a reason to keep on living.
I guess there is no real reason for me to say anything more about why I truly hate cancer. Its destruction reaches so much further than most people ever realize.
Today's Blog Post is from WhatNexter Barbara Jacoby from the Website LetLifeHappen.com. Barbara is a two time breast cancer survivor and she also lost her Father to lung cancer and Brother to renal cancer. As you might imagine, cancer advocacy and supporting other cancer patients and survivors is a passion of hers.