Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Unknown and Believing




I completely had intentions of a fun light-hearted post today but my mind is elsewhere. Maybe it's the cold, or my crazy schedule, or that bad news always hurts. Over the weekend my buddy Paul passed away after a 10 month battle with lung cancer. Just the word cancer sends chills down my spine because it seems to be almost unavoidable. The statistics now state that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will have cancer at some point in their life.

Not that Paul was family or even a best friend, but more of a mentor. He took me under his wing and taught me everything I know about my job and a little about life along the way. The most important lesson he taught me is to treat everyone like family and never take life too seriously. He was the type of person you felt like you had known for a hundred years. Everyone who met Paul loved Paul! 

I remember the day I found out Paul was diagnosed with lung cancer and it became a journey of the unknown. I watched him go through every sort of treatment known to man to battle this nasty disease. It was like a roller coaster of never knowing if he would have a good day, be cured, or hear good news from the doctor. My heart broke for him and I only witnessed this from afar. I could not imagine how his family felt during this time.The scariest part of cancer is that a lot of it is unknown. While doctors can help find treatments they cannot simply put a band-aid over the cancer and it's all fixed. This is where believing comes in whether it's in a higher power or in the medical treatments used to fight cancer. 

Unfortunately this is not my first time to witness cancer affecting my loved ones. I have lost loved ones and seen others fight to kick its butt! I see my friends and family being affected by cancer and the scariness that it brings into their lives. Medical advancements have come a long way in treating cancer but they can't heal our emotions or feelings. Those feelings are hard and sad and sometimes make you mad. While I do not have the cure for emotions I do know that you can believe. And while some lose the battle you can remember their wonderful memories and believe they are angels in heaven looking over us! 

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  1. Gosh, I'm sorry to hear this. No loss is easy. Certainly puts all things into perspective.

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    1. Thank you, and yes it does! He was a great man.

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  2. (((((Megan, a big hug from me to you )))))) While grandpa Smith never had to have chemo or radiation after his throat cancer, you never got to hear him speak, and believe me he had plenty to say! he died of a heart attack 6 yearsafter his cancer was removed. And Grandma Smith was only diagnosed less than 8 days before she passed away, and she never really had pain from the cancer, she died of a heart attack after a first reduced dose of chemo. I am glad she did not have to go
    through months of chemo. Like you said, medicine makes progress every day, and we have to make very day with our loved ones count.
    Love, Aunt Laurie

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    1. Thank you Aunt Lori! We do have to make every day count with our loved ones,

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