Something a little different (and a little more personal) for you today, but I’ve been in two minds about writing this post recently and in the words of Nike, I decided to just do it. Inspired by the wonderful Kerry’s post (which you can read here, it made me think big time). This one is dedicated to someone very special in my life who has cancer (not disclosed for privacy reasons). I also want to dedicate this to anyone you know who may have cancer, or anyone who has been affected by it in some way. As usual, thank you for reading and any comments/stories are always welcome.
It’s funny how desperate people can be to win lotteries, and yet – you are the one lottery nobody wants to win. Nobody will ever buy one of your scratch cards or bid on you. Somehow, you still manage to infiltrate far too many lives and sweep the rug out from under our feet. Not just the people you affect, but their loved ones and all those who care about them.
Let’s be honest here. You don’t care, do you?
You don’t care about the damage you do when you go barging through all those undeserving people’s lives. You don’t care about the way you cripple them and the emptiness that takes over when they lose their purpose. You don’t care about the confusion and pain they go through every single day. The pain of the treatment side effects, the pain of not being able to do the simplest things you used to take for granted. You just don’t care, do you?
It’s a simple life for you. All you do is take advantage of a few mutations and a decent blood supply, and you have the ability to give a person a death sentence just like that. Thank god for modern medicine, which has made you more of a chronic condition rather than a ticking time bomb. So many people around the world are working together to make new breakthroughs and discoveries to keep you down. Or even better – get rid of you altogether. Trust me, that’s something we aspire to as a human race, and we are working tirelessly to make that happen.
Here’s the thing – you don’t deserve to triumph over someone.
You don’t deserve to win so easily. Why should you? Not when the rest of us have to work hard to accomplish what we want in life. It takes blood, sweat and tears to make our dreams a reality. You have no right to win simply by existing. As far as I’m concerned, you’re nothing but another one of life’s hurdles. Sure, you come in varying stages and types but in a nutshell, you’re just another obstacle that gets in our way. Just a blip on the radar that needs to be dealt with appropriately, and then we move on.
You don’t deserve to hold so much power over us.
That being said, I’ll give you credit where it’s due – we should be thanking you for one thing. When you enter someone’s life, their entire world gets shaken to the core. Everything changes for them, and it’s like learning to function as a human being all over again. With change, comes growth. Perhaps if you hadn’t come along, that certain someone wouldn’t have learned the life lessons you taught them. They may not have realised how short life is, how valuable loved ones are, and how important it is to battle the deep depression that threatens to take over every minute of every day. The people around them may not have learned to be more empathetic, more patient, and to reflect on how their actions affect others. These people wouldn’t have learned those lessons – simply because until you came along, they didn’t know that those lessons needed to be learned. So, in this way – thank you.
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