Thursday I walked into the cancer center for my daily dose of radiation and one of the volunteers came in and talked with Sara, the receptionist.
The volunteer was talking about the new Breast Cancer Center that was put in at the other end of the hospital. She wanted to know who came to this clinic and casually mentioned, “what about us?”
There is a long list of the different types of cancer, however breast cancer has the highest diagnostic rate overall, over 268,000 people in the US in 2018. So with being the most common cancer, there is a lot of research and funding into finding a cure.
But what about us?
I found a cure for my lymphoma, it’s called R-CHOP chemotherapy and it worked well for me. However my body aches, my brain is foggy and I forget words and thoughts easily. I’m exhausted and always thirsty but I’m alive.
I don’t want a cure, I want to prevent cancer. Why are so many of us, young people getting cancer? Why is it so common that we know so many people that have had cancer? Cancer was not as common 100 years ago as it is now, so what’s different?
Our diet, our lifestyle.
I won’t get on my high horse and preach because I think life needs to be enjoyed in moderation. But you control what you put into your body and your children’s body.
The sad part was that prior to getting diagnosed with cancer, I was the healthiest I had ever been. I exercised daily. I ate healthy. I never eat fast food. I always ate salads. I drank beer. So how healthy do I need to be to prevent cancer from coming back? I honestly think it is too late to prevent a recurrence. I’m going to continue working out daily and eating healthy. All I can focus on is staying healthy, avoiding colds the best I can and getting enough rest.
There are many types of cancer out there. I have learned so much in the last 6 months. I hope that cancer researchers continue to learn more ways to cure cancer and don’t forgot about the rest of us.