Riding for Ruby - Part II
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It's been one year since I lost my mother to thymic cancer and yet there are days when sadness still overwhelms me. It's hard to believe, given the work I do, that I am not clinically depressed, but here I am--still standing and not medicated.
When my friends and non-oncology colleagues ask me how I cope with the depressing milieu that surrounds me every day, my answer is always the same: I just do. Of course I am sad. I am human after all and since my mother's passing, I can cry with a drop of a hat. I can be an emotional wreck and cower in the corner, but that is not going to help anyone--not myself, my colleagues or my patients. Why not focus my energy and time to help people who need my support during the most vulnerable and critical time of their lives?
Life is unpredictable and the only thing one can do is to make the right choices. Everyday, I choose to fight along side the people who come into the BC Cancer Agency. Everyday I choose to help the clinicians and researchers who are trying to advance cancer care and reserach. This year, I chose to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer again, to help fundraise for lung cancers and other thoracic malignancies, like the one my mother had. Afterall, I didn't choose to lose my mother to cancer, but I can choose to help, in whichever way I can, to help other people like me not to lose their parents, family or friends to this horrible disease. Will you choose to help too?
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