Originally Posted by MyBabies
I would give ANYTHING to stamp out cancer in ANYONE's life time! We are NOT doing enough and will not UNTIL it hits someone big or someone BIG's LOVED ONE! THEN maybe the government will wake up and smell the roses!
MyBabies, have you ever heard of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland?
It's on the campus of the National Institutes of Health and they're working every day (except federal holidays) to cure the many types
of cancer that people can get.
They're smart people and they're working on the problem.
A fine example, the disease I had, lymphoblastic lymphoma (try saying that three times after a couple of shooters) was a death sentence a mere five or six years before I was diagnosed, today, they consider me to be cured.
Another example is Burketts lymphoma was an incedious and virtually always fatal and I lost several friends to it, but today, they are saving people from it.
These things take time.
Also, when you hear of "budget cuts", the budget for N.I.H. and other government agencies never decreases, the "cut" is only the amount of the budget increase they get from one year to the next.
That's the nasty little secret of baseline budgeting the government and the press don't want you to know so they can manipulate your feelings at election time.
When I realized that the hospital I was in was a research hospital, I was one day hit with the realization that I was really nothing more than a guniea pig in a laboratory, I was trading the hope for life in exchange for these guys to experiment on me!
I was only 15!
The Doctor I had, Doctor Howard Friedman, a great guy who was himself only 28 explained it to me this way:
"Jim, we're in a war against a disease that takes many different forms. In any war, you have soliders, generals, stratigists and tacticians, logistics and support personell.
In your case, you are a solider and I am your superior officer, if you do what I tell you to do, just like in a war, you will have the best chance for survival.
Are there going to be casualties? Yes there will, some of you will survive, others will not. That happens every day on the Capitol Beltway but the difference in, the deaths here help us better understand the cancer we're fighting.
Although you will almost certainly survive, there were others who went before you who laid down their lives to help us get this far-they died and by so doing, it saved you. And what we learn from you will help those who come behind you.
You're not a guniea pig, you're a solider in a war against an ellusive, mysterious and microscopic enemy that causes a person's own body to turn against them.
When you ask "why me?" it's as though you've been drafted into this war and you're serving humanity in a way that others never will, and never hope to."
That guy blew me away and it was then I learned (but sometimes forget) that suffering can be a blessing.
I wish Peter Jennings the best and welcome him to the battlefield-it'll be tough but if you make it, you have nothing to prove to anyone ever again.