Insert a belated “Happy New Year!” here…
also, a Happy 2 Year Anniversary to my boy James <3…
Later this month, we’ll be celebrating the 2 year + a bucket list item by attending the 2013 Winter X Games! 😀 I…cannot…wait! I’ve wanted to attend this event since I was 21 and fell in love with the X Games. Plus, the added bonus of being in Colorado (fave state!) and being surrounded by snow couldn’t hurt.
So, just as this new year and first month have started there are quite a few things I’m excited about. There is, however, one more thing that pulls at my heart strings a little more…
A new act, which happened to pass Congress on my birthday last year recently became a law. formerly known as the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act, the president made history on Jan. 3 in the fight against pancreatic cancer by signing the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act into law!!!
(courtesy of The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network)
I’m sure anything to progress cancer research & cures would make anyone happy, hopeful and maybe even give someone peace. So why would THIS particular law sing to me, and why now?
It’s 2013. In 2003 my mother, 56, became very ill. It wasn’t until March of that year that we would learn it was a certain tumor that was causing her pain; a tumor that encompassed the majority of her pancreas. A cancerous tumor that would take her life just 4 months later…
4 – currently the number where pancreatic cancer sits on the list of deadliest cancers, though rapidly creeping up that list to possibly No. 2 by the year 2020, maybe even 2015!
Why? Because this cancer is a bitch! (not that any other cancer deserves a miss congeniality award, by no means!) “Pancreatic cancer currently has the lowest five-year relative survival rate of all major cancer killers, at just 6 percent. Because of the lack of early detection methods and effective treatment options, pancreatic cancer is the only one of the current top-five cancer killers for which both the incidence and death rates are increasing in recent years.” – PanCan
So you can imagine my excitement when I heard this act became law. This legislation requires the National Cancer Institute to examine its current research efforts on cancers with very low survival rates and work to develop early detection methods and better treatment options to help improve outcomes for those diagnosed with the most deadly forms of cancer, including pancreatic and lung cancer.
*Hey Mom, did you hear that?!*
Victory…sweet, sweet victory will be for those who now are kicking this cancer’s ass, and even those who may have lost but didn’t go without a fight!
I wish with all my heart that Mom didn’t have to leave the world the way she did. It’s literally like watching the Rocky Mountains crumble to dust – to see the strongest person you’ve ever known in your life disappear in such a frail state. It’s both mind boggling and eye opening too. I definitely wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.
Now that we have a law in place, we can finally figure out how to stop this beast. Finally, all the tears that have fallen due to losing loved ones, from having to personally go through the surgeries/medications/therapy, etc. will not have fallen in vain!
Words cannot express how hopeful I am for this new legislation, and for all the lives this will personally touch.
So here’s to KNOWing it, FIGHTing it and finally…ENDing it!
And, of course, here’s to seeing what this brand new year has in store for all of us.
Happy Lucky 13! 🙂