I have been without cancer in my body for almost 20 years now and sometimes it is hard to believe it has been that long. It was the last century, after all. I lost a part of my body to cancer that has affected my day-to-day life. But it has not lessened that life. I have probably done more in those 20 years than I had in the decades before.
The cancer has not been in my body for those 19 years, but it has never left my mind. There were successive surgeries to fix what did not turn out quite right and that created worry and wonder, more so in the first few years. I still struggle with the gnawing feeling that each ache or pain that does not get better soon is a metastasis.
Cancer is a constant. It is always there, everywhere. There are times when thoughts of cancer start to wane, when they slip into the background, as they do when I am riding a bicycle.
But all too soon cancer is back in my consciousness.
Another friend with a diagnosis.
How many is that?
Then a friend of a friend,
a relative, a child, an acquaintance,
a fellow member of my church
– it is too many.
This ride, this fundraising event, is one way to make that a shorter list. Join me in making a difference in searching for a cure and helping Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in its mission to find ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer.
Give what you can, it means more than you know.