I was thinking today about cancer.... I think about it everyday. I was thinking that it is unfortunate that cancer doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care if you are young or old, black or white, thin or plump. It doesn't matter if you can run a marathon or need a walker to help you get around. It doesn't mind if you eat healthy or not so much. It doesn't skip past you because you are a CEO at a major company or an employee at a fast food restaurant. You aren't exempt because you have little children, teens or grandchildren.
Cancer doesn't care if you have an amazing holiday planned or are going to a friends to visit for the weekend. It doesn't mind at all if you have an abundance of money or you are barely scraping by. It could care less about the size of your house or what car you are driving.
It doesn't mind if you are married or single, in love or utterly alone. It doesn't care about the plans that you had for your future or the things you wish you could have changed about the past... because maybe if you could change the past, you could have done something to prevent it...
Cancer also doesn't know that it can change one forever. It can make a person stronger and yet softer at the same time. It has the ability to make you think about what is important and what really matters in this life. It can push you to learn more about the world we live in and who we truly are deep down inside. It can make you fall deeper in love.
Cancer automatically invites you to be a part of a special group of people who all share the same ideals. People who have the same fight and determination. People with the same willingness to succeed, live and thrive. Special people who are linked to each other, even if they don't know your name. People you can have a conversation with and find so much in common in a matter of minutes. People who you can find comfort in and draw a certain strength from.
It doesn't matter who cancer decides to pick on because it can't completely take away who you are and the mark you can make in this life.