Monday, July 29, 2013

I hate cancer

I'm sure my readers agree.  It's so easy to say "I hate cancer."  
Most of us have relatives we've lost to cancer.  None of mine really deserved it, and yours probably didn't either.  OK, maybe they smoked too much or drank too much at some point in their lives.  That didn't make them bad people, and most of them did nothing to make them deserve such an end.  

Every once in awhile, something happens that reminds me just how much I hate cancer, and I hate it all over again, even more.  I take all the hatred I have for the people who bombed the World Trade Center and later flew airplanes into it, and the hatred I have for Hitler, and I focus all of that on cancer. 

We visited a couple of relatives today and listened to a man tell us, "From what the doctors tell me, I'm going to die.  It's in my bones." 

Then he went on to say he wasn't sure just how long he should go on fighting, considering that the cancer seems to be progressing and the fight is costly and maybe futile.  He doesn't want his struggle to leave his wife penniless if there's no chance he will survive.  

Dear Lord, nobody should have to make decisions like that.  But of course, it's part of life.

Since my daddy died as a result of cancer, I know about the other questions that nobody wants to put into words:  "Will I suffer?"  "How long will I have to suffer?"  

I don't know how else to say it.

I hate cancer.  

6 comments:

Margaret said...

A perfect post. I especially like the part where you mentioned that people have bad habits that can affect their health, but it doesn't make them bad people. My husband was one of the strongest and best people I knew and would do anything for others. Yet, he died of cancer at 59. I HATE CANCER TOO. So very much.

TARYTERRE said...

I understand completely and agree.

Carlene Noggle said...

I TOO HATE CANCER. WATCHED MY DADDY WITHER AWAY AND SUFFER LIKE HE WAS IN HELL...NOW I HATE ALZHEIMERS TOO. IT IS STEALING MY MAMA. SO SORRY ABOUT THE MAN DONNA. I WILL ADD HIM TO MY PRAYER LIST.

Jon said...

I fully agree with your thoughts.
Life is often so completely brutal and unfair. The older I get, the less I understand it.

Average Jane said...

I couldn't have said it better. My mother died of lung cancer and it was a terrible thing.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I have every reason to hate it too. I don't know anything good at all to say about it. It is something none of us could like for any reason.