Here I am again, waiting about five days to write an entry. I better hurry, I have someone coming over in fifteen minutes.
I hope my fonts aren't messed up again when I post. That last entry was crazy. The whole thing was supposed to be comic sans 14, LOL. The whole thing messed up when I posted. I am troubleshooting, and nothing is working.
At any rate, I have been so busy, I forgot to ask the Monday Morning Question this week. I remember leaving it for this particular week as it was something real important that I wanted us all to consider. Oh well. I guess it couldn't have been too important though, because I can't remember what it was, LOL. If I remember I'll ask it next week!
So, I have been extremely busy as always. But the past two days I have taken out a little time for fun. Last night I went to a writing workshop on freelance writing. I found it more than fascinating. There is a writer's group that meets in my town once a month to learn about writing and to network. I think I will attend it. There are even job leads. I don't know if I want to do writing for a living in the future, but you never know.
Another thing that I did that was a nice break was go to a Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, our cancer association had ours early, LOL. I am laughing because it is way too early but we did it anyway. We had wonderful music. We also honored Judy, the founder of the organization. She passed away from cancer a few months ago. It was hard but we got through it.
That reminds me of something. The local cancer group leader was discussing with us the other day at our meeting that perhaps she didn't like the name of our group. It has the words "cancer survivor" in it. She said, some with cancer die, therefore they are NOT cancer survivors. I was horrified. How ludicrous. That is not how I look at it at all. Then I thought about it. She is on the cancer board, and wants to help with cancer related issues, but she has a different outlook than most of the group members on LOTS of things from the rest of the group. This is because she has never had cancer, nor has she been a caregiver. She doesn't know what it's like.
She was telling the board that we should really consider changing the name of our group (Cancer Survivors), as if those who have died are NOT cancer survivors. That it is wrong to those with a terminal diagnosis, or those who are simply not sure if they will live, to call them survivors at any point in their illness. To be hoenst, I was shocked, and kind of hurt. First of all, who is to say who lives? Secondly, who is to say what value that life has? Thirdly, they are survivors in heaven. That is what I believe. They have always had that title, do NOT TAKE It away.
I asked John what he thought about the title Cancer Survivor. By the way, John was told that there was NO WAY on earth that he could possibly survive when he was first diagnosed with cancer. He was told this from his first cancer, when he had lymphoma, nine years ago. He was told that the chemo would buy him five years, but that was it. When he found out that he was a CANCER SURVIVOR, he said it brought him real hope! He loved the title! He was like, I won't die, here's pie in your eye! Or at least I have a chance! He said it gave him real hope! And if he died, at least he had a title! So there!
So I just wanted to know, you out there who are cancer survivors, and who are reading this, do you like the title? How do you feel about it?
And those of you who aren't cancer survivors, you can answer too. Just curious. What do you think of the title cancer survivor? I'd like to know. Maybe I'll pass the information on to her. Without showing her the entry or names, of course. Just a vote count. Thanks.
11/14/07 12:25 pm Edit: OK, so somebody corrected me. And was right. You all aren't cancer survivors. That's not the right term. You're Survivors. Sorry.