Why the cancer fuss? Why does anyone care? Ridiculous obsession?
I am a breast cancer survivor and lost all three of my immediate family members to cancer. The money raised by people who do care, and the support of patients who feel frightened and vulnerable, is one of the most amazing things about the cancer journey. If we just all “got on with our lives and shut up” like the Oct. 12 letter from Carla Amparan suggests, far less money would be available for research, support services and awareness campaigns that encourage others to get screening exams and to be vigilant about the signs and symptoms of this deadly disease.
Though I hated having cancer, I have nothing but the fondest memories of the love and care shown to me throughout the process, even from complete strangers. I never met a cancer survivor yet that was bragging about having cancer. Rather, for most of us, we are rejoicing that we are alive to share stories of survival, courage and support to those who come after us with the dreaded diagnosis of cancer.