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Cancer-A Four Letter Word… Helping Others To Walk Through It.

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Cancer. The very word puts fear in people’s hearts.

I could not tell you the first time I heard or thought about cancer. It may have been the loss of a pet. Maybe, one of my neighbors. Perhaps even the words on a cigarette pack or ad. (And my astrological sign…)

Whatever it was, it just seemed like the years brought more and more sentences with “cancer” in them. (Clearly the word, sentence, may have a more painful meaning.)

Cancer. It is described as the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells do not die and instead grow out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. {{more}}

Most people would just say it is terrible. One of my siblings would tell you “IT SUCKS!”

In May of 1997, my father was told he had lung cancer. 22 years ago, on February 13th, my father passed away. I spent a lot of time with him in hospitals and his home, as did other family members. The day he passed, it was my sister, my wife and myself in the room. A wet, cold morning. In his passing, the sun came through the window. As if to say, “I am gone”.

CancerMay of 2000, my mom announced to the family, she had pancreatic cancer and would not be doing radiation or chemo. I watched her go from having a sharp mind to dealing with lapses of memory and more. The last week before her passing, she had her family in her home. On September 17th, 2001, days after the fall of the twin towers, I lost my mom.

And so, it seemed to go on. It seemed like everyone knew at least one person in the battle.

In 2016, my youngest brother was found to have skin and prostate cancer. My sister developed skin cancer. A few years ago, my middle brother had skin cancer.

Some years ago, my daughter called me. She was excited that God spoke to her and said, “Be still and know that I am God”. The next day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. (She was NOT someone who would have been a candidate to have breast cancer.) It was painful to watch her situation. She has been cancer-free for a number of years.

All of them are still here. Survivors.

And then in November of last year, my middle brother was found to have cancer on his tongue and a large growth on his neck.

Last Thursday, he completed chemo, complete with ringing the bell. This past Tuesday was his final radiation treatment, and they sent him home with his mask.

When he first came to realize his diagnosis, I knew that I was going to be helping him a lot. I guess I did not realize how much it would take.

Over the last few months, I have watched him drop 35 pounds. I have seen him work hard to be grateful. Only a few weeks ago, I took him for a procedure and when I got back, I was told he might have had one more day. He was hospitalized for a week.

When we came up to the last chemo appointment, he had an allergic reaction to the medicine. He could not breathe and could not talk. He had to be bagged and given medication to reverse the effects.

Cancer is hard. It is super hard on the person going through it, and awfully hard on the family and the caretakers.

I am in a good place. Car, close to my brother, the hospital and the freedom to be there for him. I don’t know what many do who do not have those options. I am thankful for organizations that help those that are going through these difficult times.

When my daughter developed cancer, I came out with a shirt. Each sale helps organizations that are helping people with cancer. Sometimes it is rides, groceries, gas cards or companionship.

Positive News For You and its nonprofit, PN4UINC, often get behind the people and the organizations helping others and in this case, those helping folks with cancer.

In light of my brother’s recent completion of both radiation and chemotherapy, I am doing something different with our shirts and our nonprofit.
  • For every “breast cancer” shirt, with a suggested donation of $15 or more, we will donate $5 to an organization that is helping people with cancer. (If you have a preferred nonprofit organization that helps folks with cancer, please let us know. We will do our best, after verification, to send monies from your purchase/donation to that nonprofit.)
    • Your name will appear with your permission as someone who is making it possible to help those with cancer.
    • You will receive a special gift from us.
    • If you cannot make the suggested donation, please send us a note.
  • For every purchase of any of our merchandise, we will donate 10% of the sale price to an organization that is helping people with cancer.
    • Your name will appear with your permission as someone who is making it possible to help those with cancer.
    • You will receive a special gift from us.
  • You may donate directly to our organization PN4UINC. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all donations are tax-deductible. We will donate 25% to an organization that is helping people with cancer. The remainder will be used to promote positivity, educate, and get behind positive events happening.
If you have any questions, please consult with us.

You can donate here to PN4UINC. You can buy merchandise here.

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