Cancer Awareness - Cancer and How It Affected Me - November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
I am old enough to remember the days when you were diagnosed with breast cancer and literally sent home to die. My great Aunt died of cancer - what kind I am not certain. A close friend's sister just died of cancer. A business associate's son just was buried this past weekend. We lost a talented professional who left two children ages 10 and 12. For me, I have tried to ignore the cancer stories all around me. I have put my head in the sand literally. As November is the month of Pancreatic Cancer awareness, I must recognize this demon that has been haunting me. You see I lost my first husband in 1995 to pancreatic cancer. So when Michael Landon, Cardinal Bernadine, and recently Steve Jobs died of cancer, I did my best ti ignore the trauma. The loss of these great men trouble me. They died too soon. We, as a society, loss too much talent.
I call upon you to learn the facts. Don't be scared like me, lift up your chin and listen and learn the killer that walks among us. We can do something about this disease. The dollars, the notoriety of breast cancer has saved lives - valuable lives - lives that touch you and I. It is now our turn to direct our attention to the disease that continues to kill with the lowest survival rate - less than 5% - pancreatic cancer. This statistic has not changed since 1995. It is a fact that sadly I know personally. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Every day we pick up our smart phone, I feel we should remember pancreatic cancer, in memory of Steve Jobs.
"The overall five-year relative survival rate for 1995-2001 (pancreatic cancer) was 4.6 percent."
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Cancer Awareness - Personal Note From the Author
The author is moved to share this with you on this day and this day only. You see, it is October 31st. A day that is reminiscent of the movie Ghost and a day before the month of November and the National Awareness Month for Pancreatic Cancer. Any other day, the author would prefer to ignore this subject, be scared and run away. Halloween is a time for fun and frolic to the author but recognizing fears and reflecting she aknowleges is a beneficial emotional cleansing. Today the author is owning up to the scare of cancer and how it affected her life, the life of her family and the many other touch points throughout the world.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
November is National Pancreatic Cancer Month
A time to remember the fallen, a time to recognize the survivors and the families battling this terrible disease.
Pancreatic Cancer Facts
- Research Dollars Limited
- Technology for Pancreatic Cancer from the 1930s
- 4th Leading Cause of Death Among Cancers
- Survival Rate - Less Than 5%
- Pancreatic Cancer Has Touched You - We Have Loss Valuable Talent
A Rare Cancer - 3% - Pancreatic Cancer - Common to Famous People
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Cancer Awareness - One More Day and Cancer Research
Dedicating research time and effort to pancreatic cancer may offer just one more day. One more day to a loved one, one more day to the arts, one more day to science may mean little things like a father to a son, a husband to a wife.
Things One More Day Could Mean...
One more day could mean the difference of a great movie called Ghost. I watched Ghost with tears. You see, it brought back the memories of my husband. Imagine the world without the movie Ghost.
One more day could mean a man finding God.
One more day could mean the development of the smart phone.
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Cancer and Its Far Reaching Effects
Yes, the world has been impacted by cancer. Each of us all have a story. I will share a small piece of my story with you in an effort to showcase how we must ban together to fight this disease.
Cancer and The Many Touch Points
Two years after my husband's death, I was still coping. I was attending a huge conference somewhere in Chicago. I don't remember where or why, the purpose was not poignant but the one person I met was very poignant.
I sat next to a woman whom I struck up a conversation. Never met her before, knew our paths would never again pass but it was friendly table conversation - nothing more.
During our business conversation, she politely asked where I was from - standard question and I gave my standard answer that I was living in.... and originally from Rockford, Illinois. She lite up immediately, oh, I know Rockford a close friend of mine lives there and share with me that a wonderful man died of cancer two years ago.
I was shocked beyond belief. I knew immediately she was talking about my late husband. I didn't wish to lie to her, I didn't wish to ignore my relationship. What was I supposed to do? The time frame was perfect, the description of the man and how loved he was by this friend of her was evidence that I knew she was describing my late husband.
I was brave, faced my demons for the sake of my husband's memory and kindly stated that man was my husband. She was shocked and felt very bad. I replied that he was my best friend and that we had 7 great years together - 7 years was a gift.
I was proud that I didn't break down and cry. I was proud that deep within me I found the words to answer. I remain to this day greatly moved by her open and energetic enthusiasm of how wonderful this man was! I can fully understand that. He touched allot of lives.
My late husband was remarkable. His children are just as remarkable. His children have welcomed me into their lives permanently. Having no children of my own and no other family until my recent 2nd marriage, I am forever grateful. I love them all very dearly.
My late husband was charismatic. He would walk into a room and everyone wanted to be near him - even IF he never said a word. He, himself, knew this happened all the time. A coworker of mine met him only once when he was very close to death and yet he stated the aura around him was very special.
God does wonderful things and giving me the opportunity to be married to this man was very special. I wondered IF I wasn't perhaps the right one for him. You see, he was 100% older than me. I was 28 and he was 56! Yes, I responded to Whitney about the age difference doesn't matter. I understand it is hard for others to comprehend. After my husband died, I questioned IF his life wouldn't have been better with someone else. I openly expressed this to his son. I loved the man and wanted only the best for him. I wondered why...
His son stated that he never saw his father so happy as when he was with me! That remarked has left a lasting impression and continues to help me understand this tragedy decades later.
Believing in God - One More Day with Cancer
My husband and I argued about the existence of God. It was a tough argument for our age differences but I stood strong. My husband refused to be helped in any way. He felt his body was always good to him and he could move and do everything himself. The only assistance he accepted was his brother driving him to the cancer treatments. He and his brother would take our two golden retrievers for a walk everyday. The cancer literally ate his body alive. A man of muscle usually was reduced from a firm and fighting 180 lbs to less than 100 lbs. Yet he refused to accept any help from me. I prepared meals and did what I could but waiting on him for anything was not going to happen. He was half Italian and half Irish - I share this with you to understand the force of will power he had - the strength of determination of these two great nationalities were highlighted and complemented in one excellent package of a great man. A man of wisdom, personality and self-determination. On the last night of his death, my husband asked for a glass of water. You must understand, he never asked for anything, let along for me to bring him something. I was half his age but I was his equal. Asking for something was not within his personality. I was surprised but readily fetched the water. The next statement from him was the most remarkable statement of all. Remember my husband didn't believe in God? His reply to me when I handed him the glass of water was "God bless you." Not an unusual reply normally but remember our hours of discussion, argument about the existence of God?
This was his last night with me. He died several hours after I went to bed. It was his way of saying he found God. What IF he didn't have one more day? How many people need just one more day? You see I was lucky in a million ways, this one day meant the world to me. This one remark has remained comforting through the years.
20 Years Later
Fast forward twenty years later, I married the man of dreams. He has many of the same great characteristics of my first husband. To me, he is my soul mate. We share many things in common including our age - less than 5 years difference. Yes, it took 20 years to find him but well worth the wait.
Famous Quote by Steve Jobs
One More Day - Tribute to Michael Landon
Cancer Awareness - Cancer Research Needs Your Help
Cancer research needs your help. One more day means allot to family members and individuals afflicted by this disease. One more day means the world could be greatly hindered or helped. Cancer has the possibility of taking talented lives. Talented lives that reach across the miles, across the oceans.
When you pick up your smart phone, I challenge you to remember how cancer could have destroyed this new technological convenience. The life of Steve Jobs has literally impacted our world.
One more day makes a difference. Don't let cancer have one more day, take the time to reflect upon cancer and if you can send a donation, say a prayer, share with others your thoughts on this disease.
Support cancer research, it matters to each and every one of us - make one more day possible.
One day made a world a difference to me, to quote a great man - "god bless you."
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Cancer - What One More Day Could Mean
Cancer research benefits the world, touching one man, touching one woman, helping one family affects all of us. Making headway into cancer research is critical for mankind. Steve Jobs put the power of technology in hour hands. It is therefore critical for each of us to put our focus, our energy, our resources into cancer research.
"One more day could mean a man finding God."
"One more day could mean the development of the smart phone."
"One more day for one man or woman would mean the world - together we can change the world."
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