Cancer Can't Get Me

A Non-Profit Organization
Assisting Individuals and Families
Fighting & Surviving Cancer

 

And the Story Continues...

I am writing this as I sit in the chemo chair I sat in for six months, three years ago.  It is September 14, 2012 and I am back in treatment.  Like many other cancer patients, I have experienced a relapse.  Just a minor setback that requires medical intervention.  I approach this next chapter with optimism along with the love and support of my family, friends, and the dedicated nurses and doctors who are caring for me.  I am also reminded that there are many people out there who do not have the love, support and resources that I have to fight this.  As such, I am sitting here wearing three of our Cancer Can't Get Me bracelets and ask you to join me in supporting all those out there fighting the good fight.

My Story

To introduce myself, I am part of the emerging and growing number of cancer survivors. Prior to my journey, I was a vibrant full-time working person, a mother to my children, a grandmother, a wife and a friend. Then suddenly, I was unable to function or participate in life.

After extensive tests, and a missed diagnosis that gave me no hope, my son (a doctor) decided to transport my husband and me to Virginia for a consultation. After a diagnosis of Lymphoma (both Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's), I was hospitalized for six weeks, followed by six months of intensive chemotherapy. Finally, the report came back in July 2009 that I was in complete remission.

But there is more to the story. While I was a hospital patient, I was incredibly fortunate to have the loving support of my daughters, son, daughter-in-law and husband who took shifts staying with me every day and night. However, as a cancer patient with a low immune system, I was not allowed to have flowers, fruit, or nuts. You know, these everyday things that tend to brighten one’s days and spirits.

Because of this, my youngest daughter, a special education teacher, brought me a bracelet. She told me that this bracelet would “protect me” from “bad karma” and all that might otherwise have a bad effect on me. Each time she visited, she brought me another bracelet in a different color. I wore one at all times.

Who knows if it was the bracelet and the hope it represented in fighting off all that could harm me, the love of my family, the talents of my doctors and nurses, or my own determination – but I constantly told myself “Cancer Can’t Get Me,” and it didn’t.

The story continues, within a year after completion of my treatment, the very daughter who gave me the first bracelet was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Just as she had given me the bracelet as a symbol of hope and as a reminder of everything in life that was worth fighting for, I told her to put the bracelet on as she braved through the diagnosis and treatment. I am glad to say that she too is now in complete remission.

The cycle now continues. As you place the bracelet on your arm, may it provide you with the hope and strength needed to fight whatever ails you, and may it act as a constant reminder of all that makes life worth living. I hope this bracelet will bring you happiness, love, and good health. Share one with those dealing with cancer or other health issues. Wear one to support those who are fighting the good fight. Share in the belief that “Cancer Can’t Get Me.” Help to spread that message of strength to those you care about.

Barbara Keller
Founder and Executive Director
Cancer Can't Get Me