Two weeks ago, I would have told you that my superpower would be the ability to turn back time.
Today, I sill wish I had that superpower. However, today, I want to talk about how I wish something else so badly would happen. And if I had such a superpower, it would be just that.
To cure cancer.
Childhood cancer, adult cancer, cancer killing young mothers, cancer killing young fathers, cancer taking the lives of beloved spouses, cancer taking the lives of beloved siblings. Cancer. Taking. Lives.
During this past week at work, I have had two patients pass away that were in their 30s due to cancer. Two. Both recently diagnosed within the past two months, both dying in a hospital room leaving behind children, wives, mothers and fathers mourning their loss. Yes, I see people die a lot. Sometimes unknown circumstances. Sometimes long drawn out deaths. Sometimes quick ones. Many times they're the young ones. Often times you wonder why. And always you find that every one of them has a story to tell.
But it's these patients that are healthy one day, and then "not" the next. That go in for something as simple as fatigue, pain, or nausea/vomiting/abdominal pain, and come out with...months to live.
And don't even get me started on children with cancer. Nothing, and I mean nothing, pulls at my heart like hearing about a young life having to undergo these big changes with an uncertainty of what tomorrow brings. No child should ever have to know what the word cancer is. No child should ever have precious childhood years stripped away from them. No child should ever have to learn about death at such a young age.
If I could just have one superpower, it would be to cure cancer in all forms, in all bodies, for all families.
I have hope that one day there will be someone with that superpower. One day, cancer will be a thing of the past, and people like myself will no longer have dreams of such a superpower existing.
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