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Cancer Warrior - The Big Why

StLouis I was thinking of this the other day. Why is it that some of us seemed to be predestined to get cancer? I’ve mentioned before that there is no known history of cancer in my family. Then again … when you think about it, a hundred years ago people tended to die a bit younger and then of other causes. So who’s to say that various members of my family wouldn’t have contracted it?

There are always those people whose diagnosis seems almost inevitable. You have a history of it on both sides of the family. A mom, perhaps both grandmothers, or aunts have breast cancer. Personally it might be a safe bet that you’re next in line. Not that I would wish it on anyone, but I think you have to be prepared for the possibility. I’ve read of women, whose family history is strong, who had both breasts removed even without any sign of cancer in a proactive move to prevent its development. I consider those women Amazons.

There are always outside influences. When I was a kid, I used to play in an area that used to be a barrel factory. Were there residual chemicals in that area that might have triggered the genes that cause cancer? Who knows. At this point, I really don’t care where it came from. I just want to deal with it and get on with my life.

I’m not a particularly religious person, but I firmly believe that God does not give you anything you cannot handle. Is this a test? Maybe. A rather nasty one in my opinion, but so far nothing has been thrown at me that I cannot handle and I personally think I’m a hellava stronger person because of my experience.


4 Responses to “Cancer Warrior - The Big Why”

  1. Edie Says:

    Liz, there isn’t breast cancer in my family. I’m the first. It happens to one in eight women. Anyone can get it. That’s why it’s so important to find a cure. A way to stop it for good!

  2. Liz Kreger Says:

    A cure would be good. We can only hope to see it in our life-time. Wouldn’t that be thrilling?

  3. Dee Says:

    Well, whenever I start thinking about why it happened, I start blaming environmental contaminants. I was on birth control pills for 17 years; there’s been pollutants in the Willamette Valley from both industry and agriculture; and I heard that for some reason, Oregon and Washington got exemptions for the amount of benzene in our gasoline - they were allowed to go higher because we were less polluted than other areas. I also think my memory foam pillow top mattress may have contributed to my recurrence. After I slept on it, I ended up with vertigo, nausea, and fatigue for 10-11 days. They say that they use a lot of carcinogens in memory foam.

    In the end, while it does matter what caused it, I figure it happened and I best just deal with it and get on with my life, too. And, yes, that which does not kill us makes us stronger!

  4. Liz Kreger Says:

    Yowza! Scary thought that most anything you do … no matter how innocent sounding, can cause potential problems. Never would have thought of a mattress causing problems.

    I’d read that heating stuff up in plastic can release carcinogens into your food. Freezing water bottles can release carcinogens into your water.

    Seems no matter what you do, you’re screwed.

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