I’m taking a big one for the team. I’m taking a big one for team cancer.
If you have ever been diagnosed, treated, or stood by a loved one that has, if you have called a friend who was suffering, or spent your life caring for those who are struggling with cancer (providers, I’m talking to you), or taught the future caretakers (TEACHERS keep doing your thing), you are on this team.
People can carry on calling me whatever you would like. You can call me “dangerous,” “devious,” “over sexualized,” “interesting,” and so many colorful words to my face and online.
I have broad shoulders. I feel like ATLAS. I can take it. I’ll continue to take it so in the future someone else will not have to bear the burden of open communication that I do.
I just want you all to understand what you do and say does affect me, the positive more so than the negative. The negative rolls off my back and falls to the ground, because I know, somewhere, sometime you may be in a situation like mine. Hopefully, then, you’ll find something to give you strength.
When I was 19 in NYC, after 9/11, I stopped on a corner near Herald Square to stare at a man, dressed in rags like Jesus, carrying a cross down the street.
We caught each other’s eye and SMILED.
We were/are both bearing our cross, and we are both ENJOYING it the best we can.
Now, repeat after me:
I AM STANDING UP TO CANCER.
I AM LIVINGSTRONG.
Go live the life you got.
Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.
He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.
Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."
I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.
I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."