Today is World Cancer Day. Eighteen months ago, my dear friend Sarah Montgomery died of colon cancer and I posted the original “I Hate Cancer” blog. I still miss Sarah very much, but she was only one of many people I mentioned in that post. Since then, my friend died from her metastatic brain cancer, my aunt died from adenocarcinoma, and every one of my friends then in treatment for breast cancer has survived and is doing very well. One even gave birth to her third child.
Next week is the anniversary of my mother-in-law’s death in 1981 from breast cancer. If she had been diagnosed ten, 20 or even 30 years ago, the treatments now available would likely have extended her life long enough to meet her grandchildren.
And so on World Cancer Day 2015 I am reminded that research has made and will continue to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients, their families, friends and caregivers. Today I give thanks once again to the researchers, industry sponsors, cancer advocates, and most of all the individuals with cancers who gifted us with their contributions to creating and improving cancer diagnoses, treatments, and cures.