It's Everywhere...

I lost my best friend from childhood to breast cancer in September, and I took another really good friend who had a mastectomy a year ago to an appointment with her oncologist two weeks ago where she was told that her cancer had metastasized to her bones, and was considered stage 4. It's been a rough fall emotionally, and the hardest part of the year is just arriving weather-wise...
I drove my friend to an appointment yesterday to see another oncologist to see what treatments might be available to her, and there are drugs that might postpone death for a couple of years at best, but without effective treatment this could be her last Christmas. She's an art professor at a state college and lives almost two hours from me, and her closest family member is in NYC six hours away.
I want to be supportive, I want to help her do things from her bucket list, but I'm completely broke and need to address my financial crisis as best I can. Where I live is just 20 minutes to where her doctor's office is, so when she needs to see her doctor she stays in my guestroom. I'm glad I can at least help her with a place to stay closer to her oncologist...
Seems like cancer is everywhere. I think about why it's so prevalent and sadly assume it's because we've spewed so much pollution into the environment that the toxins build up in our bodies from what we breathe and eat. I wish we'd spend more time on cancer prevention than we do on finding a cure...
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46-50, M
Dec 13, 2012