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Around Memorial Day, as we remember those who fought to preserve our safety and freedom, let’s take a moment to remember those who fought, and lost, a no less valiant battle, their battle with cancer.
I often think about my friends, and those that I’ve known and lost, and ask why?
Why did they lose their battle and I’m still here? Why did my friend, who was diagnosed at the same time as me, lose her fight and yet I remain in remission? Why do some suffer and others not? They were good people. They didn’t deserve it. No one does. In fact, cancer survivors are the most wonderful people I know.
Cancer brings out a certain quality in people. When you stare death in the face, and lose all perception of the immortality most of us feel as we stumble through life, there is a certain kind of courage which rises up, not dissimilar to those who fight for our country.
We try to walk with dignity and composure in the face of extreme challenges. We are more compassionate of others, and more mindful of the loved ones around us. We wear our battle scars with pride, as a mark of our endurance, and we treasure the times when there is peace or respite.
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