February 4th is World Cancer Day. A day designated to raise awareness of the number #1 killer world-wide. Not war, not HIV/Aids, not Heart Disease, not natural disasters....cancer. That's not to say that there aren't other worthy causes in the world, because that just isn't true, but I think that sometimes people think that cancer is something far away and removed from them.
Cancer isn't far away at all. It can affect you, your parents, your siblings, your children, your friends. Here are a few examples My friend Michael-At 45 he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (an oral cancer). He is not and has never been a tobacco user. He is healthy and active and he is now facing his 4th surgery to remove cancerous tissue after already completing chemo and radiation. He has two tween age kids. Michael is still fighting.
My friend Ankie-At 46 she was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer and thyroid cancer. She is a life long athlete, eats organically and makes sure that she uses no chemicals/pesticides in her yard or home. She has two beautiful girls. After chemo, several surgeries and breast reconstruction, Ankie is hopeful that she is beating cancer.
My friend Wendy-At 45 she was diagnosed with Stage IV colo-rectal cancer. Wendy is a nurse and takes care of people every day. She has no family history and had no reason to suspect that colo-rectal cancer was in her future. She also has two beautiful girls. Wendy is still fighting.
My friend Marty -At age 41 he was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Thymus Carcinoma. Marty was a firefighter and a fitness buff, training other firefighters to improve their health. He had two young wonderful children. Marty lost his fight June 3, 2008
Me-Tracy-At age 43 I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I have no family history and no typical risk factors. I have two perfect, wonderful girls. After chemo, radiation and surgery, I am hopeful that I am beating cancer.
On World Cancer Day, make a commitment.
Do it in your own life, go out and be active, limit your alcohol, be healthy in your diet choices, DON'T SMOKE, be aware of your environment and your risk factors.