Today I was reading posts on Facebook and I saw that someone posted about world cancer day, which was apparently earlier this week. Someone. I know several cancer survivors personally. And some who didn’t survive. I lost a cousin. Different forms, different ages, different parts of the country. I know many people who have lost someone to this terrible disease. In fact most of the people I know have been touched by cancer. So why did this day go unnoticed?
Why is October the only time when we seem remember the ongoing horror of cancer? Because it’s breast cancer? Yes, breast cancer is horrible. Like I said I personally know four survivors and I thank God they are still here. I do not want to take away or minimalize anything they or their loved ones have gone through. But I also know others that have survived other cancers and one that did not.
They deserve at least a day. A day to remember, reflect, grieve, walk or run. I am as guilty as anyone, I didn’t know about National Cancer Day until I saw it on Facebook. I know about Peace Day. I know about Arbor Day. I even know about Earth Day. These are things we’re reminded about, that our kids are taught about at school. Sure people think some of those other days are important. But isn’t honoring and remembering those who won, those fighting and those looking down on us from above important too?
October is important. It’s special. It’s about needed money for needed research; for a cure. But then shouldn’t February 4th be for all the other kinds of cancer that claim so many lives? Shouldn’t that date be as important? Our friends and families deserve as much. A cancer death is tragic, and those who fight it are fighting just as hard to live as any other group of people we see fit to honor and remember. Think of those you have lost. That we have all lost. That we will lose in the future, for as long as this disease continues to ravage our world. Think of them, remember them, and remember the work left to do.
Put in on your calendar for next year. Let this day become “something”.