Daily Archives: July 12, 2011
I have been reading a lot lately. Not much of the latest hot fiction, or the classics, but more about cancer. It’s been kind of all consuming (understandably so). I find myself wanting materials I can relate to. Things that will not just educate me, but mentally prepare me for what’s to come. Things that make me feel normal for going through what I have already experienced.
I’ll eventually go over some of this stuff, but today I just want to share something that I’ve read several times in several different sources. Each time, it never ceases to strike a chord deep down inside me.
From the Livestrong website (statistics are American):
Every single one of those points is something I’ve read further into. The fact that I had to request to be put into the oncology ward and not pediatrics even though I’m 25. The fact that I was barely two months into a new job and not yet privately insured. How many 20-somethings do you know who have steady jobs and full coverage? Then there’s also the fact that many physicians shrug off the symptoms of younger people until cancer is found at Stage iV or more, when they are already very, very sick. And don’t think I don’t worry every day about the final three points.
Anyways, some things to think about this Tuesday morning. The more people thinking about these things the better.