I’m not sure how controversial it is to say “Fuck Cancer”– is there anyone that is actually pro-cancer?
I’ve been very quite about this subject for quite some time. It wasn’t for me to talk about and I’m not really that great with dealing with anything that is serious. And, honestly, it was (almost) over just as quick as it started. Those close to me have known of this situation for some time and I couldn’t ask for a more supportive group of people. When things turned sour once more, each and every one of them were right there to be even more supportive, if that’s even possible.
Months ago, my uncle (who is not that much older than me and has always been more of an older brother than uncle) was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. It was an awful punch to the gut when he told me the news. But, despite the instant sadness I felt, everyone was super positive from the beginning. I’m not that versed in the world of cancer, but from what I know of it, the road to recovery didn’t seem all that difficult. Yes, the chemo took its toll on him and I know he had bad days, but it didn’t seem nearly as bad as I had imagined it.
Then again, I could be (and probably am) way off basis. I wasn’t there for the day-to-day.21
Before he finished his chemo treatments, the cancer cells had gone away. He was in remission– hell, I’m pretty sure the word “cured” was even used. A big ol’ win for him, his family, and the extended family. That’s why when we got the news, mere weeks after his final treatment, that it had come back, it had felt like a wrecking ball had hit me.
I want to make something very clear, my uncle is essentially the reason I am the person I am. I go into a lot of detail about it in my podcast, Everything is Awesome Episode 37 (to be released on 9/28/2016), but to recap here:
- I first watched Star Wars with my uncle. Everyone has their special story about it and yes, I’m sure that I would have been exposed to it another way, but I first watched it with him. I remember jumping, being scared, when the tusken raider appears on-screen, knocking Luke out.
- My love of video games, while rooted in many different places, is partially due to my uncle. He worked at Blockbuster (Google it kids) and was able to rent video game systems and video games (also movies). I think that was my first time playing Sega. More so, and I forget what birthday this was, but we played Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout on NES for hours. In fact, when I had to go to bed, he stayed over and stayed up to beat it. The stories go on.
- Kevin Smith. Wow… I’m tearing up just writing this. The man I give so much credit to for informing my sense of humor, for making be want to be a filmmaker / storyteller, and for making me so passionate about really silly stupid shit all starts with my uncle. When I was far too young to be watching Clerks, my uncle let me watch it. I didn’t get it then. I didn’t get it when he showed me Dogma. But, eventually, on my own, I got it. Those of you that know me how much I admire Kevin Smith… and it all started with my uncle.
Without getting into too much more details–again, this isn’t my story to tell–I just want to thank everyone who has been there for me and my family. It’s been a tough road for my uncle, but he’s still fighting through it. I was reading through his Facebook the other day and saw all the wonderful messages people were leaving and it’s truly wonderful to see how many people care for my uncle.
I also want to leave you with this. Those of you that know my uncle I think will agree that this charity I came across is very much in-tune with who my uncle is. Fuck Cancer is a nonprofit charity that is dedicated to early detection, prevention and providing support to those affected by cancer. They do this through digital initiatives, programs, events, and funding research that will change the way people think and talk about cancer and ultimately improve health outcomes. I’ve setup a fundraiser through them if you’d care to help support. You can also read more about Fuck Cancer here (and buy their shirts. And yes, I was sure to purchase one for my uncle because it’s totally him).
Thank you in advance for any and all well wishes, prayers, or positive vibes sent… it truly means a lot.