i just found out today that a friend of mine from college, a lovely man named mark, is dying of cancer. from the little i know, he went in to have a tumor removed from his lung and they ended up having to take the whole lung. and once it was removed, they noticed tumors on his heart and wrapping around his esophagus. the doctors took as much as they could to "prolong his life." in other words, my friend is dying.
this comes less than six months after one of my dearest friends watched her mother die from cancer. and only a couple of months after my mom lost a friend as well. and just two years after my friend mary beth had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer.
it's all around, and it scares the crap out of me.
my mom sent me a notice from the cdc several months ago that said links have been found to cancer from the high reliance we humans have on plastics. little microwaveable meals. little storage containers. saran wrap. water bottles. all containing toxins that leach into whatever is stored in them and then passed on to us through consumption.
that scared the crap out of me, too. we've since stopped using plastics for food storage, stopped using saran wrap for reheating things, and i'm in the process of phasing out all plastic cups in favor of stainless steel ones. whatever i can do to protect my family, i will do.
and in october i'll be in winnipeg, canada, teaching classes for the canada scrapbooking crop for kids, a fundraising crop benefitting the children's hospital in canada. anything small i can do for these kids, i will do. i want this disease to be stopped. it ruins lives so effortlessly every single day and i want it to stay far, far away from my family.
so i'm feeling rather blue today. my thoughts and prayers are with mark and his wife, ruth, and their two little girls. life is so, so short and that is such a sad, sad thing. and whatever you can do to protect yourself and your family, please do it. a little effort may go a long way, and isn't life worth going the extra mile? mine is. my kids' are. my husband's is. yours is, too.