Breast Cancer: It's All About Hope


Every day I spend time researching what is going on in the world of breast cancer. It doesn’t matter whether it pertains to the latest research findings or a fundraiser taking place to support research and services for those currently in treatment. Inspirational stories give me renewed faith in the goodness of people who want to help those affected by breast cancer. I particularly like the articles that talk about how someone has defied the odds and survived cancer and he or she is now is in remission.

And then there are the stories about survivors passing it forward through founding support groups or programs and services to support those with breast cancer.

I have read so many articles also that chronicle the final days of a person who gave everything she/he had right up to the last second. And suddenly I realized that the reason I am so vested in all of these articles is that they reflect one common theme and that is the hope that can be found within the human spirit.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been moved to tears when someone shares what they endured in order to do a walk to raise funds for cancer research when they physically should not have been able to do so. And, how about the little girl who has set up a lemonade stand to sell pink lemonade to donate funds in memory of her grandmother who died from breast cancer. I just love to hear about the local merchants who get together to host an event for women who are dealing with chemo and need help with wigs or hair styling for hair that they are losing or growing back as well as skin care and makeup assistance.

The lists go on and on and the ideas are incredibly creative and supportive.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that hope is the engine that drives a cancer patient to undergo difficult treatments that offer the chance of surviving breast cancer, of seeing a child grow up, or of making dreams a reality.

Hope fuels the will to live.

I am one of the lucky ones. I had fantastic care and have now been cancer-free for six years.  However, I could never walk away from the breast cancer world as long as others are still steeped in the daily fight to become survivors. I look around and find that the greatest warriors are those who have been touched by breast cancer in a very intimate way. I know that I have always said that I do not want to be defined by my having had cancer but that doesn’t mean that I will ever forget the road that needs to be traveled for those who have known this disease. I know that if it were not for the help and support that each of us has gotten from our family members and friends and other members of our worlds, our personal outcomes may have been different.

I know that we are all in this life and in this world together and there is so much more than the individual. It is the hope of the collective efforts of all of us, contributing in our own personal ways, which will bring about the answers and the solutions and until that time comes, we owe it to ourselves and to each other to do the best that we can to always provide hope for the future.

Edited by: Jean Campbell

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