Last month, when I found out I had a brain tumor, I immediately thought, “Could it be cancer?” Then I was told it was a meningioma, and that 90% of them are not cancerous. Thank goodness mine was benign, though it had my husband, Paul, and mom very worried until the test results came back. You see there’s a history of cancer on both sides of their families – my maternal grandmother, my father-in-law, and several of my husband’s aunts.
In addition, my husband’s hunting buddy, a relatively young guy with children our kids’ age, died of neck and head cancer. As a scientist who has worked on anti-cancer drugs, Paul knows that once cancer reaches your brain, it’s only a matter of time before you leave this earth.
But we know survivors as well – my mom, who had breast cancer, and a friend who's a rare pancreatic cancer survivor. And we know of others who are currently fighting the good fight, which is why we both support the American Cancer Society, who is sponsoring this post. Tp show our support, I’ve participated in three Relay for Life events back in Colorado and we help raise money for local Relay for Life events through our kids’ schools here in Georgia.
One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society started the fight of a lifetime, the fight to end cancer. Back then, the word “cancer” was spoken only in whispers, and we lost almost all patients to the disease. Today, 2 out of 3 Americans diagnosed with cancer survive to celebrate more birthdays. As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society's own 100th birthday means it's not a time to celebrate or rest. It's time to change the statistics to 3 out of 3 people surviving cancer. It's time to Finish the Fight!