Are You Taking Extra Precautions?

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Our neighborhood has been having some break-ins lately. So a lot of us have been taking extra precautions. We’ve been beefing up security at the perceived threat to our homes. And it got me to thinking, why don’t we treat cancer the same way? It is lurking out there, ready to attack, frequently without cause, always without warning. What are we doing to protect ourselves against this monster that will attack half of us over the course of our lifetimes? Half of us will get cancer before we die. Isn’t that enough to make you want to get out there and fight? Or is it that you think most cancers are “treatable”? I’ve seen those treatments first hand, and believe me, you don’t want to go through that. And let’s say the treatment is successful. Yea! But do you know that a cancer survivor is much more likely to have cancer again? Not to mention the other life-changing side effects from the cancer and it’s treatment.

This is a lifelong diagnosis – if you are lucky enough to live past your initial bout with the disease. We can’t just sit idly by and let this disease keep stealing lives!

If I seem a little “fired up” today, it is because I am. I just read about two little boys this week who are both going on hospice care. Their parents are trying to make decisions like, “If he stops breathing, do we revive him?” I can’t even type that without crying. How old are your kids? Can you imagine having to make that kind of decision at any age? Or what if it was your sister or your dad? Your best friend?

I focus a lot on brain cancer because 1) it killed my son and 2) it does not discriminate. It can strike any of us out of the blue. We don’t know what causes it and there are few (if any) effective treatments. Are you scared yet? I am! But I’m also more determined than ever to find a cure. I don’t want to read one more heart-breaking account of a family burying their loved one from cancer.

Please do something to join this fight. There are fundraisers all the time in neighborhoods all across America. Go to one of them. If you don’t have any money, volunteer. Write letters and call your Congressmen. Take food to families who are waiting by their sick loved one’s bedside. Do SOMETHING! Imagine what change we could make if we all did something. We can beat this disease if we work together. I know we can!

As always, we have info posted on the Operation: ABC “Annihilate Brain Cancer” page about events around the US. The Spotless Mind kids have a big event in April in VA (and need volunteers!) and we are having a concert in Wichita in May (and need sponsors, attendees, and volunteers). I’d love to hear what you are doing to fight!

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I’ve tried hard not to say “this isn’t fair”. Not because I don’t think it all the time, but because it would become my mantra if I let it and that doesn’t seem very productive. Alexander Moore has some thoughts worth sharing on the subject, so I thought I’d share his post here for you guys to read.

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I’m up in Seattle for the weekend. Sadly though it’s for a memorial service for someone who was one of my best friends in high school and college. It feels unjust, unfair, and just plain wrong to be up here for that reason. My friend would be turning 33 today and it was a tragic unfolding that lead to his death and I’d rather not go into the details for the sake of protecting him and his family. The idea of what “fairness” means has been on my mind a lot lately as a result of everything that has happened in and around me these past couple years. It has also been a huge part of the public discourse for a while now, so it’s hard to avoid thinking about what fairness means. So I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on what it means to “be fair”…

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