November 19, 2018

Enough Cancer

Cancer is vicious. There is no method to her madness and nobody is safe from her wrath. Cancer took my father and I will forever be haunted by the memory of his final days. I survived cancer last year and while there are many different ways in which she attacks, there is no good cancer and one is never the same after having faced her. Whether you get cancer, or watch a loved one get cancer, it is crushing and can rock your faith.

I hear about cancer every day. I’m asked to pray for people dealing with cancer, and so I pray. Three people in my life are supporting friends with cancer and it is heartbreaking. I’m not sure what the right thing to do or say is, and so I pray. I say the names of those suffering out loud so that their names are heard. It makes me feel like I am giving their lives power because when you have cancer, you need all the power you can get.

The prayer for healing, Mi Shebeirach: May the one who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, bless and heal those who are ill. May the Blessed Holy One be filled with compassion for their health to be restored and their strength to be revived. May God swiftly send them a complete renewal of body and spirit, and let us say, Amen.

I marvel that we can put a man on the moon, but not cure cancer. Transplant organs from one body to another, but not cure cancer. Select the sex of unborn babies, but not cure cancer. Video chat with people on the other side of the earth, but not cure cancer. How is it even possible that in 2016, with all of the scientific advances in medicine, we still do not have a way to stop cancer in her tracks or stop her from even coming?

I am feeling sad and frustrated today. Sad for my friends and frustrated I cannot ease their worry. I am praying, saying the names of those who need power, and sending my love and support to those who need it. I pray to see a cure for cancer in my lifetime. Cancer is a multi-billion dollar business and the simple fact is research is the key and we need to put a portion of profits into research so we can finally put an end to cancer.

As you read this blog people are being diagnosed with cancer, fighting cancer, watching cancer invade their loved ones, trying to figure out how to pay for cancer, and planning funerals for those who lost their battle. I am not a doctor or a politician. I am simply a woman who has seen cancer up close and personal and I am tired of the pain and suffering. I pray the end of cancer is close. I am hopeful and keeping the faith.