Blogging for your boobies, cancer survivors and lost innovators

October 6, 2011 at 7:49 am | Posted in Life and Living | 1 Comment
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It’s that time of year again where women (and men) all over the country are taking action to raise awareness of breast cancer.  I am once again taking the pledge to blog about this topic.  But of course, I can’t just look at it from the angle I did last year.  This year, I am going to focus on the realities of cancer and the effects it has on those close to those diagnosed.

I was going to blog about a movie I saw recently: 50/50 with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Joseph stars as the 27 year old who gets a rare form of cancer on his spine, and Seth is supportive (albeit super horny) friend.   But with the news of Steve Jobs passing I thought a real life example was important to point out.

Anyone can get cancer.  Cancer doesn’t care what else you have going on in your life.  Cancer doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, have a support network or don’t, have access to health care or not.  Cancer doesn’t care if you are the greatest innovator of your time.  You can do everything in your power to avoid getting cancer — from proven theories like not smoking to avoid lung cancer to not tanning to avoid skin cancer — to theories like avoid specific foods.    Sometimes, it just doesn’t matter.  But that doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life.  You can’t live in fear of what may happen and living an overly cautious life is really not living at all.

But I’m not going to tell you how to live your life.  What I do know is this.  Cancer doesn’t only effect the ill.  It effects everyone who cares about you, (and well, in Jobs case, the world at large).  And everyone copes differently.  Some people make jokes to lighten the mood, some people get angry, some people just freak out.  But far too many just give up all together.  Dealing with cancer is hard and painful.  It can be a long battle with highs and lows.  You may think you are just not strong enough to get through it, that your chances are just not good enough.  You may be right.  But you may also beat this thing and get hit by a car the next day.  Life is like that.

But you have to stay strong.  You have to fight.  Life is worth it.  And when you think you aren’t strong enough to fight for yourself, fight for those you love.

And educate yourself.  Know what you can do to treat it.  Get regular check ups.  If something seems really off, don’t wait.

Not everyone will survive.  Not yet.  But a lot of people will, and are.  If you win this battle, it will be the greatest battle of your life, and you can proudly call yourself a survivor.

Although Jobs has passed, he survives through his legacy — changing the world.  Rest in peace.

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