Cancer became a bad word because it often results in awfulness. Cancer is connected to painful surgeries typically requiring the removal of part of your body. Cancer is often treated with poisonous drugs through an awful process called chemotherapy. Cancer can take a seemingly healthy looking person and kill them one cell at a time. Cancer is horrible because it can lead to death. But the reality that we all often lose sight of is that living leads to death. We are all going to die. No one gets out alive!
When people die that have cancer, it’s always the same general statement: “So and So lost his/her battle to cancer.” I hate that statement now. The competitor in me would hate to fight until my dying breath to only be called a loser in the end. I love what Stuart Scott of ESPN said, “When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell.”
I hope I never lose sight of why I was born in the first place. I pray I live each day for God’s glory, so that when my day comes I won’t have lost anything but rather gained everything!