My body itches. My face is peeling. I have to pee. My head hurts. My knees are week. I can't really eat. But you know what? I just had 13 doses of IL-2! I'm gonna live and be a stronger person becuase of it! So, I'll just blow off that silly flu stuff and push on. We've got stuff to do!
When we first learned about my getting cancer in December 2008, the doctors made it seem like it was no big deal. They see it all the time. This was just in a tiny little mole. You'll be fine. So I did what many people do, I listened. I listened to hear what the doctors wanted to do next. I thought I was being smart about it, I called them every day and they returned my phone calls but Melanoma is on the the tricky kinds of cancer that could simple disappear one day without any clues. (or so I've been told)
Amy wanted to raise awareness. Help the next family from having to go through this. I called my brothers, my friends and neighbors and asked them to get any suspicious moles checked out. To my knowledge nobody else has had one appear. Amy signed us up for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to:
* Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.
* Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing.
* Fight Back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease.
Add best of all, it supports and funds local families that are in need and cannot support their family due to the growing medical costs on their heroic battles.
Since joining the race with a rather snazzy team name of "sMelanoma, Cancer Stinks!" We've done our part and have raise a good deal of money. But just like I am fighting this cancer thing, I am also a very competitive person and my team is not quite at the top. :)
If you have already donated money, THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH. If you have not or if you didn't even know that we were doing this, please visit my team page and donate, today!
Donate for Mike Brockey and sMelanaoma, Cancer Stinks!
Other Related Links:
Mike Brockey's Relay for Life Page
sMelanaoma, Cancer Stinks! Relay for Life Team Page