World Cancer Day - Personal to Me
February 4th is World Cancer Day. It is an International Day that empowers all of us across the world to raise awareness of cancer, show support, encourage its prevention with early detection, and treatments. It is likely that either you or someone you know or love is or has suffered from cancer.
It is also personal to me because I lost my husband of 24 years, to transitional cell carcinoma (TCCs): of every 100 cancers in the kidney, about 5 to 10 are (TCCs), also known as urothelial carcinomas. I wanted to share my personal experience as awareness of this horrible disease.
He was smoker from 1975 until 1987. He had diabetes with a history of kidney stones. Otherwise, a healthy active, sincere man. He loved hard labor moving dirt with a shovel or rocks. He was a strong man. The only signs he had was a foot ulcer that wouldn't heal, a slight decrease in appetite, a little back pain and then he peed a large amount of blood. My husband was diagnosed with cancer on Feb. 25, 2018, after having his kidney removed with a mass.
This disease changed everything in our life the moment the doctor told us it was stage 4 a high-grade recurring cancer. We cried so hard that you wouldn't understand unless you have been through it. I felt as though I had it as well. There was no more happiness between us, nothing to smile about just a dark cloud over our heads. He suffered in so much pain and tried to remain hopeful that he would beat this beast.
Last May, after three rounds of the most potent chemo treatment there, is for his type of cancer, he grew three more localized tumors. Last July, he had those three tumors removed. I would observe him cry after talking to a long lost friend who called him for support. My husband told us that he had no regrets in his life, his only wish was more time. He received radiation and chemo from September until October 31, when he produced six new tumors that were no longer in a localized area. There was overwhelming grief in seeing him say goodbye to those he loved. He died Nov. 5, 2018.
In the end, the beast won as it often can. I heard his bells and watched him take his last breath. It was a beautiful experience. He was finally in peace. I am still in pain missing him that my heart will never be whole. How it hurts those, that are left behind who will never be the same. I hope you or someone close to you never hear those words "You Have Cancer" but if you do best of luck, wishes, and early detection to all.
CANCER Survivors is the primary goal of World Cancer Day that is an opportunity to rally the international community to reduce the illness significantly. To help end the injustice of preventable options for those who are suffering from cancer.
AWARENESS be informed, it's your body. If something changes in your body, it could be nothing or some guardian angel trying to get your attention. The longer you wait, the worse it could turn out. Early detection is the best detection.
SUPPORT it's okay to ask for or receive help. It really can help. Join groups or whatever you need to do to get you through these difficult days.
GET INVOLVED Donate (www.worldcancerday.org), American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate), National Cancer Institute, or your choice.
Best Wishes to All, Pray for a Cure...
Until next time...