Invest in the End of Cancer
Posted on February 24, 2011 10:34 AM
Consider this:what small thing could you give up every week if it meant bringing us one step closer to the end of cancer?
Stand Up To Cancer’s mission is to fund innovative Dream Teams of scientists, like the CTC Chip Team who recently announced that the research underlying the SU2C project is one step closer to being available to everyone. This promising new “liquid biopsy” can find a single cancer cell amid one billion in a teaspoon of blood and has the potential to significantly aid in both diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Stand Up To Cancer is a new initiative created to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C’s goal is to bring together the best and the brightest in the cancer community, encouraging collaboration instead of competition. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort.
my own personal experience with cancer
phone call from doctor – dec. 26th 2006 – diagnosis – stage 3 endometrial cancer. the chemo came close to killing me. there were times the question was – am i going to make it? every 3 mos tests at the oncologist’s cancer center – every 6 mos at the OB/GYN & then the CT Scans regularly for the rest of my life. never knowing. trying not to fear the future. most of the time it is out of my mind and my life is what it is – dealing with everything else – trying to concentrate on life and what i want to create with it. everyone is brave who can hear this diagnosis. i’m still not totally sure it has really entered my mind what i have so far survived. denial and dissociating are sometimes my friends. i was fortunate to have a great support system but i was too sick after the surgery that removed my reproductive organs and lymph nodes where the cancer had spread. i had endometrial cancer which every one kept telling me if you’re going to get cancer it is one of the best kinds. when the doctor told me solemnly that mine was stage 3 it didn’t seem like the best kind to me. before the diagnosis when i called my primary care provider with my symptoms i thought she could just give me some medications and everything would be healed. i did not know what was in store for me. it was and is a difficult path and the thought – who me? i am not going to ever have cancer. somehow one believes that until it is no longer the truth. i still haven’t recovered from the treatment and my oncologist said i probably never will but as each day passes from the beginning of my journey living through cancer i feel a bit better every day. i just hope those millions of cells are not building up in my body to one day surprise me on some random test to tell me that the cancer has returned. it is finally visible again. i hope that day never comes and i can live my life creating the stories that have fictional endings where the story stops while everyone is living happily ever after or mostly happily.
by maggie christian