by: Ben Broghammer
Today, it is rare to know someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. And I don’t remember when I first learned what cancer was. I think that speaks to the degree to which the disease is ingrained in our everyday lives. During our childhoods, we were living in our own words without worry or fear or awareness of the problems of the world, and that was a time which was much more simpler than the world we find ourselves in today. We didn’t worry about disease, death, life altering diagnoses, or the aftermath of what all those things do to us. Though we may have been aware when our lives or our friends’ lives were affected, we were not fully immersed into the facing of those problems until later.
Now, as we face these problems, and more specifically, cancer, we are aware of far more than we ever thought we would be. We are working to find a cure, to one day wake up in a world where no one will be diagnosed, and to sleep knowing our children will not face the same thing we did.
For me, a world without cancer is one in which we can teach what cancer was and not what it is. One in which less families have to face life-altering diagnoses, fear of the unknown, and the effects of this disease. One in which there are more birthdays and celebrations and intact families. And a world with less worry about what is to come. We won’t be trying to find a cure. We will not have to for it would have already happened.
Cancer affects us all, and it is up to us to fight back and beat it. We are the only ones who can and it is completely up to us to make the world we want to live in. Though that may seem like a steep challenge, we should keep in mind that we are part of a society that has built the longest bridges and the tallest buildings, created a vaccine for polio, developed the anti-biotic, engineered an atomic bomb, put man on the moon, and performs some of the most precise and delicate medical operations and procedures. If we have done all those and more, we can find a cure for cancer. It is too important not to.
© 2016 Project Periwinkle