Cancer and power


“That we don’t even say “cancer” out loud, gives it power it doesn’t deserve.” ~ Kathy Cawthon

Just read the above in my Twitter feed, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. There will always be an element of fear to cancer talk, I think. Those of us who’ve known somebody go through it can’t talk about it, because it’s just too darn painful.

Personally ‘Y’know’ is the closest I get to actually speaking its name, because those memories are still there…even five years later. Until there’s some way of suppressing them that doesn’t involve addictive substances, I don’t think I’ll be able to talk about it in the same way again.

In the same way, local TV adverts for the Race for Life have started to really annoy me. So, it’s ‘All of us vs. cancer’ now? I recognise the need to raise awareness and money to fight, but we should be making sure that money goes to the right causes. Even if the government do hope to double cancer research funding, they should focus on ensuring that it gets to the right places.

Cancer Research UK spent £44.8m on breast cancer research in 2010-11, which is reassuring, because once it gets to them, it goes to the right places. However, there is controversy in the US over certain organisations which are not spending the money in the right way.

If we don’t talk about cancer, then it has the power to become something even more demonic. It’s time that changed.

I may post something more poetic later, but the quote incensed and inspired me…so this post came out.

Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,

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