At Long LAST!!!

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First off, I apologize for the blog going dark for the past several months…no excuse is worthy of using in an attempt to make up for the lapse.  I will only say that in the abscence I was able to take care of some very important life matters and I am looking forward to sharing more of my continuing story in the coming months.

On to more important news…

Chip In To Fight Cancer 2009 is only a few days away!  While we have obviously suffered in light of the struggling economy to which no one or no organization is immune, I am confident that we will have a tenth consecutive successful event and continue to pursue our mission statement with vigilance, making a difference in the lives of cancer patients each and every day!  Thank you to all of you who have supported us over these past ten years, it truly has been an amazing journey that unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, certainly has no reasonable end in sight.

It is with that knowledge that there will be continuing need for the Foundation to exist that I have struggled with intently over the past two weeks.  Two younger friends of mine (young adults) have recently seen recurrences of their cancer drastically alter even further their physical, emotional and social landscape.  I am way beyond the fairness aspect of this all…it certianly isn’t fair, but that is not the point.  The point is simple…Cancer ruins lives…Surely, we cancer survivors and patients can and will recover to lead productive and normal lives, but only to a certain extent…

Much like soldiers returning from battle, we have seen, heard, smelt and felt things that we will never shake.  Our bodies in most cases are as scarred as our minds.  Things we once thought within reach, returning to school, jobs, friends, families, etc. are put on hold as we try to sort out what we think and feel about the experience that is cancer.  Cancer can easily make you a shell of your former self as it leaves plenty of room for self-doubt and worst of all guilt…if you are lucky enough to survive.

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