You don’t protect your heart by acting like you don’t have one.
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.
Kankerdag // World Cancer Day
Yesterday was World Cancer Day: A day dedicated to cancer, but also Sri Lanka’s Independence Day. The days are much apart, where one is festive and the other’s main focus is awareness and to encourage prevention. I felt the need to share and tried to combine the three - and then some. Here’s my point of view on the subject, recent developments, upcoming events and “in other news”.
Once, Twice, Three Times
Allright. I’m not a lady, but last January 1st was my third turn of the year without (knowing to have) cancer and celebrating I did. Each 6 months seem to be such an achievement for a body I no longer trust; for a life that is more uncertain than it sometimes appears to be. Nonetheless, I am glad and I am not that anxious about the upcoming CT-scan in April.
Again I would like to point out that being ‘cured' of cancer is not the end of the process. It's more or less the beginning of a new life. And this is where the awareness comes in. You HAVE to talk about cancer, because you are going to get it and it’s likely it will kill you, and that’s okay. I applaud those that accept. I envy those that have endured more treatment and came out better than I did. I encourage those that want to share.
Some people think that cancer is just bad luck and that lifestyle changes can only decrease your chances so much. Here is a newsflash for you: More than half of the cancer in this world is lifestyle related. So perhaps next time you lie to yourself that your liver isn’t going to be damaged by drinking one more beer, or your heart or veins won’t grow in weird ways if you keep eating shit, think again.
There seem to be a lot of people that think cancer patients are either mute or depressed. That they always look bald. Some even suggest that we’re contagious. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- The patient is more aware than you are and had more time to process the thought train. You’ll be more shocked, and that’s okay. But we are still human. We can perfectly decide if we want to share. You just ask your questions.
- Support can come in many ways, but making us feel like we’re still normal is the best thing you can do, if only for a minute.
- You can have cancer without going bald. In fact, you can be treated without going bald. Don’t make the ignorant mistake of letting your fear say: “You can’t have cancer. You’re not even bald.”
World Cancer Day provides the world with a lot of stories, resources and more to encourage prevention and provoke the feeling that one should be aware. You should not back up just because “you don’t have cancer”, as there is a 1 in 2 chance that you will get it, and a 25% chance it will kill you.
In Other News
You’ll be dead before you want to, so what will you do in your short span on this earth?
I wanted you to fight for me.
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