Dear Breast Cancer Survivors and Fighters...
I certainly can't speak for anyone else but as for me, I see you...
I see you as clear as day.
I don't have all the knowledge, background, or hands-on experience of the tedious journey you are on, but I see you.
I don't pretend to understand what you are going through but I can relate to a human being having the need to rebuild.
The strength, endurance, and support it takes to even have the will to make it through, doesn't just appear. People need people. Believe it or not we, people who are not afflicted with this sickness, need you, perhaps even more than you need us. We need you to never lose the will to fight. We need you to show us how to be grateful, appreciative, and strong. We need you to show us how to have a Dream of Faith even when we can't yet see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Your need is certainly a great one. I know ultimately you need life and that you need to be able to live but I am writing this letter, not only for you, but also for the people and communities who surround you daily to hopefully shed light on the needs of the individual him/herself and not just the obvious needs.
Cancer is dangerous....it comes to deteriorate your body internally and simultaneously it can do the same thing to your surroundings and life as you know it. I often times support the Breast Cancer Awareness Funds, but I feel incomplete. We have fighters and survivors out there who have lost their jobs, social lives, hair, strength, so called friends, family, and so much more....
Now I understand that every story is different and some men and women have been fortunate enough to receive an overwhelming amount of support but what about those who have lost their income, have little to no family, and don't have money or food or even transportation? What about the one who may have all those things but live alone and when pain is attacking their body they can't get up and move around like they want to? I wonder about the ones who had an everyday hair and make up routine and plunge into depression when the chemotherapy causes those drastic changes... How do we help the one who can't carry their purse or brief case because their joints are locking? What about the one who functions perfectly fine but just cant afford to purchase the basic necessities for themselves? and then there is the one who has survived already and needs to rebuild a resume and get back into the work force or simply find somewhere to belong in society again after feeling isolated.
This is by no means an attack on any organization or foundation who dedicates their entire purpose to those suffering, however this is a charge to everyday people like myself to reach out to these organizations and patients and be a year round help.... not just an October supporter.
I've known people with cancer but I have never had cancer myself.... I could be 100% wrong in my thoughts but I only imagine that its no walk in the park, unless we as a community do what we can to take that walk with you. I don't think it would ever be easy but I know it would be better if you don't have to do it alone.
I am only one person and I don't have it all but I will do the best I can for you Mr/Mrs. Survivor and Fighter. I promise that in all the good doing for the organizations who help to find cures for you, I won't forget to help the individual who might just need to hear a joke to put a smile on their face.
You Survivors and Fighters are our educators on Victory as it should be displayed today. You have taught us not write ourselves off and box in our destinies. While there are so many things that can happen to us in this life... You exhibit the confidence that "seasons change to make us stronger".
Thank you for being VICTORIOUS - I have learned a strength I have never known watching you fight...
I love you.