At some point today during a scroll through Facebook I found a post about National Cancer Survivor’s Day – which I somehow thought was in June (it is). The post was one of those copy and paste to status, so no telling when it was actually written. But it made me think – we’re all kind of cancer survivors (at least in my house) and life isn’t a hallmark moment to be commemorated like that.
Hallmark as a euphemism for many industries – creates days and events (Santa Claus and Valentine’s Day are the two that leap to mind first) that we commemorate and sometimes even celebrate.
I’m not sure cancer fits into that mold.
A good friend of mine and someone I’ve worked with for the last eight years or more recently beat cancer. He and his family should celebrate that accomplishment and cherish all that life has to offer.
In the same way my friend is a survivor – I think the girls and I are survivors too. We not only survive – but thrive in the world after Risa passed away from cancer. In fact – I even consider the 12 years Risa battled (and beat) cancer as surviving.
I don’t think any of us think of life as a Hallmark moment – instead we embrace every day and celebrate the day for all we can accomplish and use it to prepare for tomorrow.
So let the first Sunday of June, National Cancer Survivor’s Day, be another day to celebrate the battle we all do with cancer (and all of the other diseases) and save the Hallmark moments for times you want to cherish.