SU2C: Stand Up to Cancer Today
I stand up to cancer for my mom. She’s been undergoing treatment for brain cancer since June 2013. It all happened quite suddenly. One minute she’s planning for retirement and the next – boom – she’s scheduled for surgery to have a 2-inch tumor taken out above her left eye.
Looking back, she really wasn’t herself during those months leading up to it but we all thought she was just tired from work. She was so stressed, but then started forgetting things and in the end had a massive headache that just wouldn’t quit.
My mom after brain surgery in June 2012.After her surgery, she still wasn’t herself. My mom has always been the one to take charge, make things happen and figure out logistics. Who would do that if she couldn’t? Well, it turns out we all could work together to figure things out. My mom had pills, and schedules and appointments and we found out we could all pitch in to keep things organized and somewhat normal. After a few months she started to feel a bit more normal and we felt like we hit the jackpot. Everything was good.
Then the nasty witch of a tumor came back. We were not expecting it. At all. Mom was on chemo and radiation and she was doing great. We knew with this kind of cancer it was likely it would rear its ugly head at least one more time, but we didn’t think it would happen to soon.
I am not a person who curses but when I think of cancer I want to swear my fool head off. How is this fair to anyone? Where is God in all of this? A wise woman told me that none of us knows what is going to happen in the future, and because of that we should take time today to enjoy the people in our lives. Maybe not worry so much, or try to answer the why or what ifs, just do the best you can to be happy today, and that will spill over into other peoples lives.
I suppose this is true but I still want to hike up Mount Monadnock, the greatest mountain on earth, stomping my feet on the earth with as much force as my legs will afford me and when I reach the top, I will scream the most foul words that come to mind. Not sure why, but maybe it helps to feel like I am yelling these words at God and the universe, in reciprocation.
So, once again, I stand up to cancer for my mom. For her best friend, one of the kindest, most generous women I know. For all the kids.
This is where the end of cancer begins: when we unite in one unstoppable movement and Stand Up To Cancer.
You can Stand Up to Cancer today
Working with the top experts in cancer research, Stand Up To Cancer is forging a new way to develop breakthroughs that will end cancer. We’re putting together the best and the brightest minds in cancer research, investing in their projects and taking the bureaucratic obstacles out of their way. SU2C’s interdisciplinary Dream Teams of scientists, clinicians, technicians and other experts, are hard at work on solutions to the unique problems that cancer presents. Learn More.
SU2C’s funding is administered by the American Association for Cancer Research, the largest scientific organization in the world focusing on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Together with Stand Up To Cancer’s “Blue Ribbon” Scientific Advisory Council, comprised of world-class scientists across several disciplines and patient advocates, the most promising projects are identified, mentored, and funded.
How to get involved
There are many ways to get involved and help people with cancer or those affected by it.
- Volunteer for your local cancer society doing things like driving patients to appointments, setting up appointments, or bringing meals to those who need them.
- Launch a star on the constellation at Stand Up to Cancer.
- Tell your story at Stand Up to Cancer.
- Donate to Stand Up to Cancer research.
- Tell the world who you stand up for with a placard.
How will you stand up for cancer today?