Better late than never….

I can’t believe I totally missed it… the start of “Break Cancer” WordPress World Record to mark the beginning of National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week!!!  Sadly I did…but as the saying goes…better late than never. 🙂

It’s hard to think that adolescents and young adults (AYA), ages 15 to 39, are diagnosed with cancer. It’s not fair at any age and it’s just doesn’t seem fair for this group.They are  just about to start and enjoy their lives, then the big “C” creeps up on them. As a nurse, I have cared for children with brain tumors and young adults with cancers. Some of them were diagnosed early enough to halt the progression of cancer while other weren’t so lucky. As a chemo nurse, I had the great honor of meeting such wonderful patients and their families. They were so pleasant even if I was able to infuse chemo into their blood stream that might make them sick and nauseated. I have seen them in good and bad times. We celebrated  together when these patients take their last chemo treatment with hopes, “it” gone for good. And cried when others returned with not so good news for another round of chemo. And as a family member, I witnessed how it took the life of  my dearest cousin who at age 35 was diagnosed with colon cancer which quickly metastasized to her liver and didn’t live to be 36.

I may be late to this world record breaking event..but it’s not too late to break cancer. Sadly, it continues to touch so many lives…has it touched yours? Share your thoughts….