On Thursday we attended the funeral of my partners grandfather. A short while ago I found out that a friend of ours lost her mother this evening.
Mama Barr was a breast cancer survivor and three weeks ago she went to the doctors about a urine infection. Two weeks ago she was told she had liver cancer and that there was nothing they could do for her. On Tuesday she was given two days to live. Tonight her family are grieving.
Mama Barr, you will be missed by all who knew and loved you. You touched hearts further afield than you can possibly know, but your legacy will live on in the family you created.
So many lives are destroyed by cancer. And so many more are touched by it everyday. It is indiscriminate, cruel, and in many ways I believe it is as bad if not worse for the relatives as it is for the victims.
My step-mum’s father has bowel cancer right now. She’s a survivor of cervical cancer. My uncle died of liver cancer. My cousin died of cervical cancer. And another cousin died of Hodgkins Lymphoma. Another uncle who died of lung cancer.
I know people are researching all the time. Raising money. Fighting. Doing everything we can.
We need to do more.
I get that death is a part of life.
I get that it happens everyday. And to everyone…one way or another.
But right now…right this second…it all just sucks!
Imagine if all the money we spend on military could be put into cancer research. It makes me angry to see people on the street shaking a tin can for coppers in aid of cancer research. We, as a society, have a long way to go before we can call ourselves civilised.
Good luck to you and your family and friends in these difficult times.
Sending hugs babe. Remember to see the good stuff too.
Trying to, Vic. But I gotta admit I’m having trouble with that right now. Thanks for the reminder.