If you’ve ever been told that you – or a loved one – has been diagnosed with cancer, there’s this underlying resentment that builds up towards an inanimate object.
You have the Big C to blame for it.
Cancer is the scapegoat.
The ever-exhausting disease that makes you tighten your lips and clench your jaw in anger. But that anger – or sadness, resentment, overwhelm – is directed at one word that has so many definitive meanings to so many different people.
It can mean death.
It can also mean Battle.
Unimagined second chances.
That certainly has happened in our personal lives.
We lost two aunts who died from cancer. And we lost a high school friend from it, too.
We also watched my dad battle, challenge and gain hope over a five-year journey with cancer. He got second chances. He travelled. He slowed down. Heck, he even got to meet 8 of his 9 grandchildren. We were always inspired by his commitment to continue the fight and live his best life.
But there are always two sides to every story.
The second half of the story ends with sadness, defeat and resentment.
Because, after five years, my dad passed away from cancer.
Your Cancer Story
Each person has their own story with Cancer. Whether it’s through first-hand experience, seeing a loved one beat it or –worse – watching a loved one succumb to it, you likely have your own story with cancer.
Or – at least – you likely will.
Earlier this month, the Canadian Cancer Society released jaw-dropping stats that one in two people will likely be diagnosed with cancer while 1 in 4 will die from it by 2035.
So, yeah. You’ll likely develop your own story with cancer.
While my dad’s cancer story didn’t end with hope, it was certainly defined by hope. And perseverance. That’s because he was surrounded by a support team and network of people that he had built that helped him on that journey for those five years.
While that was simply a small chapter in the life he had and led – that network made it a very important one.
That network is part of what brought him hope.
The Next Chapter on Cancer
So when we recently had the privilege to partner with the Canadian Cancer Society Perth & Area Office to become community engagement officers, we felt as though this might be where that story was taking us.
While Community Engagement Specialist Jessica Roback is off on maternity leave for the next year, Cat’s Cove is thrilled to be filling in (her very big shoes) to help continue with the office’s hard work at reaching out and connecting with the area to bring that message through marketing and fundraising initiatives and support.
It’s an exciting path where we can use personal experience and connect it to our professional life. And connecting with the community in a personal way while bringing awareness and funding to help continue with the battle to end this disease. And perhaps – more importantly – to bring hope to those experiencing their own cancer story.
Stay in touch with us at the Canadian Cancer Society by following the Canadian Cancer Society Perth & Area Office Facebook Page.