…the “It” I’m referring to is cancer.
Cancer has been an all too frequent and unwelcome visitor in the lives of my family and friends. Five of my fathers brothers and sisters died of cancer; my former business partner, Linda Russell Callecod, is a breast cancer survivor; my friend Fred survived prostrate cancer, my sister has had a cancerous growth removed as have I, and now my old high school friend, Alison Large, from Birmingham Alabama, is having surgery this week to remove the cancer she was diagnosed with recently.
This post isn’t about work. It’s about how at the end of the day none of us will sit on our deathbed and wish to have spent more time at the office. We will wish to have had more time listening to children laugh, to spend time with those we love in ways that uplift our spirits, to sit quietly and watch the sun rise or set, to play fetch with our dog, and to hold the hand of the ones we love.
For those of you with cancer I salute your courage and send you my prayers. For those of you caring for family or friends with cancer, you are a life saver in ways you might not fully understand. And while Martina McBride may not be your cup of tea, her video “I’ll love you through it” is a wonderful reminder of how important we are to one another.