To promote Cancer Awareness month, this month’s blog is a letter and poem to “Dear Cancer.” Since most of us have been impacted by Cancer one way or another, we know this blog could not have come any sooner. For me, in particular, when volunteering at my local Children’s Hospital, a favorite memory comes to mind; which is a cheer from a little boy in Oncology called “Dear Cancer”. As a dedication to this little boy’s will to fight, his hatred of Cancer, and his tenacity, we’ve written a “Dear Cancer” adage of our own. We’ve also joined in the fight against childhood cancer by kicking off two campaigns during September and October which is the – 1) Donate a Book to a Child where you can buy and donate a book and we will deliver the book to a child in the hospital 2) A Pay It Forward campaign where a percentage of proceeds will be provided from every book sold to organizations who participate in pediatric cancer awareness and research. Whether you join in these campaigns or not, we hope as you read this letter you will consider saying a prayer for the families who face Cancer everyday, you will hug the little ones around you who are healthy, you will count your blessings, and you will participate, however you can, in the fight against the beast (eg. Cancer). After reading this poem, let us know what you think, if there are verses you’d add, and what you would say to “Dear Cancer”.
Beating the Beast (Dear Cancer)
Dear Cancer, why did you decide to choose me?
Don’t you know there’s more I need to do – can’t you see?
Dear Cancer, why are you so evil and cruel?
What made you forget the golden rule?
Dear Cancer, why eliminate so many in your path?
Is it necessary to show your teeth and your wrath?
Dear Cancer, why would anyone chose to be your friend?
Since all you chose is to be mean until the very end.
Well, guess what Cancer – you don’t know my fate
Having love is not something in which you can relate
Being a fighter is who I am from my soul to my heart
I knew I’d fight you from the beginning – from the start
I’d ask for help when I needed a helping hand
I’d always be strong and with you I’d take a stand
Cancer, there is nothing worse, this I can say
But each day will be a blessing and of course a new day
So, whether I get to run across the final finish line
There is something you can’t take from me by design
You can’t take my memories – you can’t take those I love
You can’t take away my heaven from above
You can’t take away life’s accomplishments and wins
You can’t take away where I am and where I’ve been
So overall – you can’t take away what’s most important to me
Whether you show your claws, your fangs, your inner crazy
All you are, Cancer, is a bully and a giant, hairy beast
All you are is a parasite who constantly cripples and feasts
What you don’t know is we’ll find a cure
We’ll take away your pain and your allure
We’ll stab you in the heart right where it hurts
So you better keep awake and better be alert
For you never know when we will attack
All I know is you’ll be gone and never be back
So Cancer, just know, we all think you suck
We will conquer you whether you hide or duck
We will be David with a rock and sling shot
Our faith will outshine anything you’re got
We’ll scream awareness and educate about you
We’ll learn new treatments and do what we need to do
We’ll beat you, beast, to the grave and to the ground
For life is not solely here – it’s the journey we’ve found.
Sometimes I wonder why I was on your path?
Why do you attack with such hatred and wrath?
Did you know you’d erupt and suddenly explode?
Did you mean for life to blow up and implode?
Who knew your purpose was to be so cruel?
Cancer, did you forget the golden rule?
Cancer, you’re a terrible beast with claws
I can’t help, but to like you the least
Well, guess what Cancer you can’t possibly win
You can’t take away the future or where I’ve been
You can’t take away
No one wants you. You destroy lives and families like no other. You are a volcano that continues to explode. Getting to know you I’ve learned a few simple lessons. First, children are resilient. Children don’t lie down and let you win. You put up a great fight, but they will fight until the very end. Children who have met you go to the playroom with buckets in hand. You teach families it is ok to ask for help since life has changed, but life must go on – grass still needs to be cut, snow plowed, and siblings taken to school events. When people know you, they learn who are their real friends, they learn how to fight life’s biggest battle, and they learn to prioritize what is important. Overall, they learn to pray a lot.
Each family goes through their own roller-coaster ride. Their own rollercoaster of questions such as…Do I know or does the Doctor know best? What is the next treatment plan? How sick will I get? How do I deal with the impending fear? What can I expect? Will I make it? Why me?
Cancer, how do you decide who is on your path? Why are you so cruel? Why are you so angry? Doctors and researchers try to understand you, but they have not yet found the perfect cure. You stick around.