Aug 03, 2013 - 12:12 pm
There have been some fantastic NED reports as well as some very sobering recurrances on the boards lately. There are thousands of members that read/lurk and only a very small percentage that post. Even at that, we see the positives and the negatives of our disease manifest itself in so many ways. From the patient's perspective to that of the caregiver, family members and friends, we gain insight to the effects cancer has in all our lives.
We can try to comprehend all the numbers out there pertaining to our cancer. The medical community compiles these numbers through the thousands and thousands of cases they see every year.
Most of us have consulted Dr. Google and know the odds. We try our best to minimize the effect these numbers have on our psyche and yet the truth is, as it's been said on these boards and others, "we're all different". HPV+, HPV-, T1, T2, N2b, N2c, MO, Stage I through Stage IV, there is no one factor that we can point to that dictates our outcome.
Cancer, regardless of type is a vicious and ugly disease. It's indiscriminate in who it chooses, who it spares and who it takes. All we can do is try our best to maintain a positive attitude and fight it with whatever means we have available.
I try my best to keep a positive outlook and attitude and God bless Marcia who is a light in my life that never dims, but I venture to say that even the best of us, despite how many years we've been a survivor, doesn't have their moments of darkness even on the brightest days.
The very definition of the word "Survivor" says it all... A person who survives, esp. a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died.
We are a select group. One that shares a bond despite our differences. I admire each and every one of you, survivor, caregiver, family member and friend alike, for the courage and fortitude to carry on despite the odds.
May we continue to encourage and support one another.