Cancer is unforgiving, uninvited, and unbiased. It can strike the good, the bad, and those in between. It knows no bounds, as it will infiltrate your body regardless of your race and or religious beliefs. It can be a weapon of mass destruction.
Statistics show that in an individual’s lifetime, you will know someone that has been infected by the big “c”—and unfortunately that person could be you. In this past year, I have known three absolutely wonderful people that have been diagnosed by different forms of cancer. People, who are incapable of doing bad, have been given this diagnosis. It may be a diagnosis of an unfavorable illness, but it’s definitely something these three absolutely stunning ladies can, and will overcome.
Cancer has been a thorn in my side for the past six months. I first heard that my sister-in-law was re-diagnosed with cancer after putting a Brock Lesnar like whooping on breast cancer four to five years ago. Two weeks later, I find out my big-little sister was in the hospital with Leukemia. Most recently, I found out that everyone’s best friend and second Mom Tuy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Like I said before, three awesome women who’ve only brought happiness to the lives of those they’ve come across.
I will choose not to dwell on the negative impact that Cancer can have on the person, their friends, and family. Instead, I would like to focus on some of the great things I’ve seen through the past six months. I’ve seen family and friends come together for the greater good of the individual.
When my sister was really sick and in the ICU, my niece and nephew, ages eight and ten respectively made it clear that they would continue to pray for “Auntie Dawn”. When the clergyman came in to see my sister and ask her if we could do a prayer for her, she insisted on praying for my sister-in-law instead. My nephew telling his mom that he doesn’t need new shoes and that she should “just get better”. Yeah, kid’s say the darndest things, don’t they?
In a show of support during one weekend, my sister-in-law’s neighbors did a show of support party for her. It was a spur of the moment idea, which brought in tons of people, who brought food, drinks, and most importantly their support. Things like that go a long way. It also gave my sister something to do, which I am sure she appreciated.
This weekend I attended a benefit for Tuy Vang at Ni-Lite Bar. What was great about this event was that I saw people there that I hadn’t seen in awhile. People, who are raising their own families, don’t enjoy the party scene too much, or just busy with life—but they were all there to show their love and support for their good friend Tuy.
Times will not be easy for these three ladies in the upcoming months, but that’s why we are all needed to give them a hand when needed, call them and ask them how they are doing (remember, the conversation doesn’t always have to revolve around cancer), give them notes and cards of encouragement, and always tell them how love and appreciated they are.
So to Dawn, Micki, and Tuy, words cannot change what you are going through, but know that we are all here for you and know that YOU will beat this. You will survive. Like Jimmy Valvano said in his famous ESPY Awards Speech: “Don’t ever give up…Cancer cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul.” Powerful words, from an unforgettable man. So ladies, just remember, don’t ever give up. We are here for you.
I kind of wrote this article like a blog or journal. I want to show my support for all those who are suffering through cancer or know someone who is.
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