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Big C

To start off with this entry, may I quote this excerpt:

Bill Hemmer: "You said cancer changes your life, and oftentimes for the better."
Joel Siegel: "Yes.... Gilda Radner... said this in her book. What cancer does is, it forces you to focus, to prioritize, and you learn what's important. I mean, I don't sweat the small stuff. I used to get angry at cab drivers. It's not worth it.... And when somebody says you have cancer, you realize it's all small stuff. And what Gilda said is, if it weren't for the downside, everyone would want to have it. But there is a downside."
- American Morning, CNN, 13 June 2003

With all what's happening, I guess I have to believe that life really is short to dwell on insignificant things. Instead of giving them your priceless attention, you should focus on matters of significant importance for you do not really know when you'll face the inevitable - death.

Earlier this afternoon, I had received a reply from my mom who went to the hospital to visit my godmother's husband who had underwent a major operation. It took time before the content of the message got to me. I was dumbfounded. It said that my godmother's husband is diagnosed with the fourth most common cancer worldwide - gastric cancer - and one sad thing about it is that his case is at Stage IV.

Until the moment upon writing this entry, I am still at shock of the news. The questions of "how and why" came into thought of why their family has to suffer such an experience when they still have two young children that would be needing a fatherly figure; and of how millions of people in the world, why was my godmother's husband part of the cancer statistics. These are usual queries that pondered and yet, it cannot cure the incurable.

As I end this, may I give my sincerest acknowledgement to the people fighting everyday against cancer and how they are doing it with a smile in their face. I know that it is a road of perplexity but with the people behind you that of family, relatives and friends, I know you can get through all of it.

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Posted by Dave Tan
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