New Years eve was great, but mainly because it rang in the start of a New Year, and I have to believe 2008 will be better then the past 14 months. Plus, I am looking forward to returning to Washington, D.C. and starting a new Congressional/Political season.
Last night I learned of another young person (my generation) who lost their battle with Cancer. It was my friend Abby’s cousin who lost a 10 year battle with bone cancer. He died at the young age of 30.
We have done something to our environment that is causing my generation to get Cancer at a much earlier age then ever before. We have invented something that is now a part of our everyday life that is a carcinogen. We have to figure out what that is and make a change. I am only 35 years and in the past year and a half I have been sent a clear message from God about cancer:
- My friend in Dallas (35 years old at the time), father of 3 children under the age of 5, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was told that had he not gone to the emergency room that day, he would not have made it another month. After having his stomach removed, massive amounts of chemo and radiation he has been cancer free for almost six months.
- My friend in California was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. She was 29 years old and had a one year old at the time. After surgery and chemo she has been cancer free for two months.
- My cousin (36 years old) in New Hampshire was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. She is the mother of a 9 month old. Today she had surgery to remove the cancer. All went well with the surgery.
- As you know Julie (age 35) recently died after a 14 month battle with Melanoma leaving behind a husband and three small children (and an army of fighting ants).
I hear you God; I hear you loud and clear. I hope everyone else is listening. I am wondering if perhaps He wants me to start raising a little noise. He knows I can be loud and outspoken. If we start shouting about this injustice do you think we can start to curb the spread of cancer? I am so thankful Lance Armstrong is out there raising a little noise. I just need to figure out what I need to do.
Two other quick notes which will probably be fodder for a later blog:
- Nancy and I hit the road driving back to DC tomorrow morning (Friday) at 5:30 a.m. Perhaps we will have some blogs from the road.
- I am so glad the Presidential race is in full swing. The Caucuses have started and we will soon have Republican and Democrat Presidential Candidates. I have also decided who I am going to back. Through my work I have been able to hear from the policy advisors of several of the campaigns. That, combined with my research have lead me to a candidate…but you will have to wait for another blog to find out who that lucky person is. J