Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday

Now normally, I'm not too big into obligations.

As I've gotten older, I realize that there is a real distinction between your garden-variety obligations and their more foundational cousin, commitment.

As I start to really acknowledge the enormity of what I went through during my time with cancer, I feel committed to bringing awareness and tools to others, so that they may not ever have to experience such suffering.

A couple of weeks ago, all three major U.S. networks aired a special called "Stand Up to Cancer". Not only do I always find this broadcast inspirational, I also find that the up-to-the-minute research they present is enpowering and hopeful.

Like most shows of this kind, the buzz is there the first day; it dissipates pretty quickly thereafter. I encourage you to visit the site,


and to read the following - a piece that they started the show with - a piece that calls out cancer for the tenacious, apathetic, unwavering, body terrorist that it really is:

"Cancer doesn't care if you've won the Olympic gold medal.

Cancer doesn't care if you're beautiful, or brilliant, or just got into college, or just bought your first car.

Cancer doesn't care if your song is number one with a bullet.

Cancer doesn't care if you have your whole life in front of you.

Cancer doesn't care how many Oscars you've won, or how many tough guys you've played.

Cancer doesn't care that you have young children who need their mother.

Cancer doesn't care how well you sling a sledgehammer.

Cancer doesn't care that it just took your father.

Cancer doesn't care what time you have to get up in the morning, every morning.

Cancer, schmancer...

Cancer only cares if you sit still and do nothing. Cancer loves that...

Cancer doesn't care where you came from, or where you're going.

It just.

Doesn't.

Care. "

6 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Amen. Wonderful post.

big hair envy said...

Thanks, BvonB. Cancer SUCKS!

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

Oh, capricious Cancer, you bitch.

Your post is spot-on.

林翊娟 said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Diane said...

Cancer blows! Every time I think of you, I'm grateful that you are such a warrior.

PA forever!

Patty Cakes said...

Well said my Cancer Thriver! It moved me to tears and i just put my make up on to go to work...oh well I will look a little like Tammy Faye who passed away from cancer rest in peace Tammy Faye..

 
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