You took my husband from me, you took him in pieces and made him suffer. You tried to tear my family apart and ruin our lives. You showed me the depths of grief and terrible sadness. You took my energy and our dreams for the future, I hate you!
You took my father-in-law, a loving and caring man who accepted me the moment I met him and loved everyone for who they were. His daughter was married 6 months later and her father could not walk her down the aisle, you are a thief- I hate you!
Two days ago, you took a 12 year old boy. First you made him suffer, you made him fight and you added one problem after another. He spent most of the last 16 months in a hospital. You stole his childhood. You refused a cure. I hate you!
You also took a little baby boy, you made him miserable for his entire little life and then took him from his parents just days after his diagnosis. All they have left are memories and photos. I hate you!
You currently have taken up residence in my beautiful 4 year old nephew and my brother-in-law. Creating a life of uncertainty and a life of hospital visits and treatments. You create havoc in the lives of everyone you meet and you take them on the worst roller coaster ride in the world. I hate you!
Although you tried, you have not been able to tear my family apart. We become stronger and fight harder because you exist. You bring communities and neighborhoods and total strangers together to fight against you.
Through you, we learn the gift of life, to appreciate every moment and every breath. We love harder, we hold on tighter and we FIGHT!
I hate you! I do! But I am grateful for the lessons I have learned. Life moves forward, each day begins with new promise. You have taken some of the best among us, but in return we create communities of strength to destroy you.
Cancer, your destruction will be the strength and the determination of the survivors. Those who actually survive this horrible disease and the families, friends, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and children of the people you have taken. We continue to unite and we continue to fight. The survivors you have created will eventually bring about the end of your life. I hope we make you suffer with no one to mourn for you when you are gone.
This will be the legacy of all that met you in our lifetime and the tribute for all you have taken and all who have suffered.
I wrote this in July of 2010, I am sharing again for Stand up for Cancer. They asked how cancer had affected our lives and I remembered writing this. Our family has had more cancer interupt our lives since I wrote this. Luckily, we have some survivors as well! We continue to fight!