Unless you’ve been hiding under a stone you will know the world lost several high profile names over the past month and the world has poured their hearts out with sorrow over the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Last night Canada had the news Celine Dions’ husband also passed away and the one thing linking all these people was The Big C.
Once upon a time cancer would have been more of The Big Silent C because no-one really talked about it and if they did, it was in hushed gossip circles. Over the past few days the disease has claimed three people the world is aware of but what about all the rest of the victims who don’t get twitter trends or facebook tributes? Cancer took my grandmother three years ago; no mass fanfare on social media. My daughter’s teacher has just informed us she is leaving to go battle breast cancer – the world won’t trend her fight. Where are the hashtag trends for all the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who die everyday in a hospital bed or hospice, surrounded by devastated family while the world continues on unaware?
For me the recent celebrity deaths have highlighted something big and that is the fact that cancer is everywhere and it’s not just something that happens to someone else, it’s something that can strike for anyone at anytime. Imagine if the world took as much action for all the silent voices of cancer victims as they did when they heard David Bowie had died in only 18 months. I know of at least 7 people within a close family and friends circle who have either battled cancer or died from cancer; a weird 7 degrees of cancer link. I myself have a small chance of developing throat cancer because I have Graves Disease (Hyperthyroidism) but I’m lucky enough to be within the very, very small percentage.
We live in an unbelievable age of technology and medical advancements. Over the years scientists and doctors have worked endlessly to try and find cures to many illnesses and diseases; there is even a ‘cure’ for AIDS now so how about that cure for cancer? We can help continue the endless work done to find a way to beat the over 100 various forms of cancer; if every person who tweeted about David Bowie or Alan Rickman donated a small sum of money towards cancer research then maybe we could collectively, as a whole, help all the silent victims who still suffer and die without the social media fanfare and recognition to make cancer a thing of the past. I know there are other illnesses out there that have even less attention but wars are won through a series of battles and cancer is just one of many battles attacking human health so take some time out of your busy day to look up a reputable cancer charity and think about giving something to help in the fight against The Big C.