Friday, July 25, 2008

Do It Anyway

I've been reading other cancer blogs by people with different kinds of cancer in Singapore, the U.S., and Europe. One woman whose blog I'd been following died a few months ago. Another just died last week. Another isn't doing so well now and is thinking about hospice, where terminally ill patients go to die.

The problem with reading cancer blogs is that sooner or later, the blogger will die. By reading their blogs, you're actually following them toward death, reading about their symptoms as they get worse and wondering how long they have left. It's disheartening. And if you have cancer yourself, you might feel like you're looking into your own future.

Maybe those of you with cancer who are reading my blog should stop. One of these days, you're going to come to this blog and read a message from Tony saying I've "finished the fight", "gone to a better place", "been freed from pain and suffering" or that "there's a new angel in heaven". These are all nice euphemisms, but I'll still be dead and you'll still be sad.

So let's break up now before we get too attached. It's not you; it's me.

But I guess that would be as silly as saying we shouldn't love since we could lose that love, or that we shouldn't live since we're all going to die anyway.

One fellow cancer blogger who died recently told me about a song that has now become one of my favorites. The song, Anyway, is by Martina McBride, a Christian country singer.

Enjoy the song and the great music video that goes with it. And enjoy your weekend. Yes, it will end and you'll have to go back to the same old grind on Monday. But enjoy these two days and what you can get out of them... anyway.

4 comments:

Emily said...

many bloggers describe their own tragedy in their blog.reading about their symptoms as they get worse and wondering how long they have left. It's disheartening. And if you have cancer yourself, you might feel like you're looking into your own future.

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked--SHOCKED--that you like that song. Yikes. I have to wash my ears out now.

Phil

Shin said...

Phil,

After all these years, I can still shock you? I think that's great!

Kimberly said...

Hey Shin,

Check out this youtube site & may it bless your heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ_ny8hMgRY&feature=related


Cheers,
Kim