There are no harsher words: “Battling Cancer”.
They are dreaded, maddening, scary and take you where your emotions, your head and heart would or can’t imagine even going.
I will always remember being in my father’s hospital room when he told me that he was diagnosed with a form of cancer.
Whether or not we ever asked the right questions of his doctor, I will never know. I was living in Alberta and went up to see him, he told me the news and I immediately wanted to break into tears (as I feel right now). This news still brings a lump to my throat. I miss our father and think of how different it could have been if we had some of the treatments we have now.
Twenty years ago seems like a long time.
What changes have been made in the diagnosis, the treatments of cancer.
This month, we are encouraged to wear pink and support women that are battling the disease. This Saturday the Saskatchewan Roughriders along with Cameco will be working together for Touchdown for Dreams.
There are two women I know that are involved in this: Holly Wilton from Stoughton and Shauna Wilson-Blackmer of the Battlefords. Holly and Shauna have “been there and got the t-shirts”. And yes, CANCER SUCKS!
They are in that age range where they should be enjoying their lives with grandchildren and going on adventures with family and friends.
I admire their strength; and keep up with this journey through social media. They are gutsy, strong individuals that are leading by example.
Just don’t let something called CANCER, bring you down. Fight it with every weapon in your arsenal – do not give in.
Medical procedures, treatments and diagnosis have changed over the years. While the words are scary, we need to go in with open minds regarding the dealing of and with this situation.
As I am getting older, ever ache or pain that sweeps me sends a shutter as I wonder, will I be next. There is no question that I pray each night for my health and offer that to those I know that have successfully beat cancer and those that are going through treatment or remission.
When and if you can, take a moment to think of women in Saskatchewan and Canada who are going through this.
I have friends that have gone through such extensive treatment is most overwhelming. Yet there is hope.
Whether it means sponsoring an event, going door to door canvassing or buying a scarf and pennant at the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saturday home game, throw on something BOLD and PINK. Let’s celebrate the women in our lives that have looked cancer in the face and told it to go to hell!
Find out more about the Cameco Touch Down for Dreams right here: Touch Down for Dreams