Cancer, There's A Few Things You Should Know

Cancer, There's A Few Things You Should Know

You may start the fight, but you can bet your ass we will finish it.
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If there’s one thing I know about cancer, it’s that it doesn't discriminate. It doesn’t care about your race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, social status, your age, or even if you’re a decent human being. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and while in remission she recently had her second cancer scare. I thank the Lord each and every day that she doesn’t have to go through the fight for her life for a second time. These are the few things I wish cancer would know before pursuing not only my mother but anyone else as well.

First, you can be sure to receive a fight like no other in return. You, cancer, are so strong, swift, and fierce. But so is my mother. She’s smart, unbelievably strong in multiple senses, doesn’t give up, and in case you haven’t noticed she has an army behind her of family, friends, and doctors who make it their mission to destroy you. In other words, this army can be described as a lion because we go for the jugular and we don’t release until our enemy is DEAD.

Second, I know your goal is not only to devour your victims but to rip families apart in sadness and despair. But, you should know that this family, although not always on the same page and sometimes fighting, will always come together for those we love. Although you are a curse in so many ways, the one admiral quality you have the potential of bringing is that families form a stronger bond in order to eradicate you. Our dream is for you to be removed from this world. We study, donate, and march to help find a way to eliminate you from an otherwise beautiful world.

Third, you’re life altering not life defining. I know you try to be as debilitating as possible, but I’ve got news for you, you’re not. You bring about changes to life. Unwanted changes, but changes that can be dealt with. The new routines, diet, and everything else implemented into a cancer patient’s life becomes normal. You don’t limit or define personhood. Cancer patients can still have a life full of fun and laughter.

So, cancer, just remember that although you may start the fight, you can bet your ass we will finish it.

Cover Image Credit: Shannon Kerns

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5 Things That I Need My Differently Abled Friends To Know

Being your friend has truly been a privilege.
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I have been lucky enough this semester to be placed as a Young Life leader for students with disabilities in the Mid Miami Valley. I have always had a huge love for students with disabilities. In high school I loved hanging out with them, I loved getting to know their big hearts, and I loved just being their friend. And now that I am a Young Life leader for these amazing people I am able to connect with them on a deeper level.

I now get to be their friend and get to walk with them on their journeys with Christ. It has been truly the highlight of my semester and probably freshman year of college!

So here are some things I want to say to my amazing friends with special needs,

1. You are not broken in any way.

You guys were made just the way you are by God and, yes, you may have a few more barriers or look different than most people our age, but that does not make you any less of a person.

2. You bring so much joy to the world.

You guys have so much to offer everybody and you have a way of being a light in so many situations thanks to your big hearts.

3. I am sorry if anybody has ever called you the "R" word.

The word "retarded" is toxic and demeaning and should be considered a cuss word. If anybody has ever used that word to describe you, I am deeply, deeply sorry. You are so much more than that.

4. You are SO loved.

There are so many people on this Earth that love and adore you guys, so never ever be discouraged if there are some people that just don't see how great you are. I love you and God loves you so much and more than anyone on this Earth ever could.

5. I see Christ in you more than anyone else.

You guys have a way of carrying yourselves that shows love to all people and you have a way of finding so much happiness in the little things.

I love my friends with disabilities so much and I am so proud to be their friend. They have more barriers to living a normal life than your average person, but it makes them stronger and they are not in any way less human than the rest of us. They inspire me every day and being their friend has truly been a privilege.

Song of the week: "Cry Pretty" - Carrie Underwood
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How To Take Care Of Yourself When Sick At College

Mom can't always hold your hair back and make you soup.
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Being a freshman in college is difficult enough, but what they don't tell you about being a first year is that you will get sick many many times throughout the course of the year. it's the first time in your life you are sick and your mom is not there to bring you soup, check your temperature, take you to the doctor, etc. Its taken me some time, but I think I have finally figured out some tips and tricks to make yourself feel better when you're sick and on your own:

1. Daily Vitamins

Vitamin C chewables are so easy to get and don't taste like death like some vitamins do. I recommend taking 2 a day to prevent feeling like crap.

2. Chicken Soup

I have made soup in my dorm room before, so know that it is indeed, possible. Just make sure you get the canned type that's easy to open, because, I don't know about you, but I don't have a can opener lying around my room.

3. Getting rest, but still doing things

You should nap whenever you can. Sometimes a lack of sleep is what can get you sick in the first place. However, that doesn't mean you should stay cooped up in your bed all day every day. You should get up and do some activities every once in a while like making food for yourself, doing your laundry, organizing, just so you don't feel like a potato and make your sickness worse.

4. Tissues and cough drops everywhere

Tissue packets that you can put in your backpack are the key to going to class while sick. Also, always have a travel-sized hand sanitizer on you. Cough drops are also a really easy and efficient way to stop your throat from hurting if you don't have time to sit your butt down and drink tea or do that crazy throat spray.

5. Showers

Never underestimate the power of a good long shower. Sorry to my floormates, but the past 2 times I've been sick this year, I took showers and would stay in them forever. I don't know if this scientifically correct, but I always felt as though my nose cleared up so much after I showered.

6. Hydrating

You should do this anyway, but make sure you are drinking a lot of water throughout the day; it can help you feel better. It also helps, if you are trying to lose weight, to drink a gallon a day. You'll have to pee a lot but it clears up your skin and just overall makes you feel better.

7. Call home

Yeah, your mom can't do anything to help this time around, but she can make you feel better with her words and advice. Whoever it is at home who has helped you with the flu, colds, and sore throats in the past, it doesn't hurt to talk to them to get some advice and just feel comforted.

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