Wednesday, May 30, 2007

they're everywhere

you know how when you start looking to buy a car, the model you're considering is suddenly everywhere you look? sadly, it's the same with cancer. everywhere i go now, i see people who are dealing with it. it's not just obvious signs, either. the woman wearing a baseball cap over her short hair. wait- it's not just short hair, it's super short and baby fine. the young mother wearing a tank top with a small bulge on her collarbone. not just a bony protrusion, but a medi-port.
these are things i would blissfully not have noticed before 10/17/05. now i see them, and i want to stop those people and tell them, "hey, i know what you're going through. God bless you and your family."
every time i see a yellow LIVESTRONG band, i wonder if the wearer is afflicted, or has a family member afflicted, or if it's just a fashion statement. i proudly wear my band, and occasionally my hat, and hope that people see me and think about supporting cancer research and patient support. whenever people hear about pooka, they share: my son had leukemia, my dad has lung cancer, i had breast cancer. 1 out of every 3 people will have some form of cancer during their life. it's scary, especially if you have more than 2 people in your family.