Happily, I am now a five year breast cancer survivor, and I am thankful to my friends, family, my health care team, and to science and medical discoveries. Dealing with cancer and treatment is never easy and it's damned scary, but it is easier when you have support from friends, not prayers, but a shoulder to lean on. One of my closest Catholic friends and I were suffering from cancer at the same time. I was lucky, she was not. Cancer doesn't care if you sprinkle holy water on yourself or whether you are an atheist.
Please share your story and let's celebrate, express our gratitude, and support those who are battling cancer without god.
Great news!!! As of this coming June 6th, I will be 7 years!
Congratulations to you too, Patricia. One out of six women gets breast cancer. Every time I am in a gathering of six women, I hope I'm the only one in the group. Cheers!
For all women who've ever wondered if the Pink Ribbon campaigns are worthless... watch this very well made documentary: Pink Ribbons Inc., by renowned film maker Léa Pool, from Quebec.
I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in December, 2008. The following spring I underwent a radical prostatectomy by means of DaVinci Robotic Surgery. After a month's recovery I underwent six weeks of radiation treatment. Ever since then, I've been undergoing semi-annual cancer screenings. My last examination (Sep., 2013) involved a cystoscopy, ultrasound examination and a few blood tests. All results were negative.
Glad you're here!!!
That's when the word ''negative'' is positive!
Thank you so much for your story and encouragement. I very much agree with your statement, "Dealing with cancer and treatment is never easy and it's damned scary, but it is easier when you have support from friends, not prayers, but a shoulder to lean on. One of my closest Catholic friends and I were suffering from cancer at the same time. I was lucky, she was not. Cancer doesn't care if you sprinkle holy water on yourself or whether you are an atheist."
My experience with cancer, with the surgery, chemo, radiation and now seven more months of Herceptin has been scary and enlightening. Those who said they would pray for me, I responded by thanking them and saying to think about the meaning of cancer, its causes and prevention, then go get a thorough examination. If they still had time and energy, volunteer at a cancer care phacility, or give to cancer research, or do a fundraising project. That means more to me than kneeling and praying.
I am an atheist and I have no problem for lack of a god to save me. My professional team, my family team, my neighbor team and my virtual team on the internet walked with me through the terrible times and the milestones along the way to healing.
I join you in battling cancer without god.