Cancer is an ugly word...it is an even uglier disease.
With all the technology in this world, you would think they would have found a real cure. Not just a "treatment".
My father in law was diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer three years ago. This is a cancer mostly caused by being in an environment where you are breathing asbestos. A silent killer that takes 25-35 years to show up and when it does, it is usually too late.
My in-laws started out their young life with little money in the 1950's. He wanted to provide his family with a home and security. He bought a house under construction that he could complete himself while they lived in the basement. In those days, most products contained asbestos in the drywall, compound, siding, shingles, etc. He breathed that silent killer in the air...
So my father in law is dying from a cancer he got trying to do the right thing for his family. He is a strong man that never smoked, rarely drank and always went to church. They raised 4 children, put them through Catholic school on a very small single income. They went on one big vacation to the lake EVERY year. He took his sons and daughter hunting/fishing and taught them how to be strong.
He has been receiving chemo treatments for 3 years. He has continued his way of life for those 3 years. Still hunting, fishing and camping. Now it comes down to bronchitis that turned into pneumonia. It has weakened his body to the point that it can't fight anymore.
Now he struggles to breathe in his hospital room while we watch. He is still laughing and telling stories...with an oxygen mask on.
How long can this continue? No one knows for sure. Will he be here for his 80th birthday on February 9th that we had planned to give him a party? We don't know. One thing I do know is that since he can't come to the party, we are bringing the party to him!
He touches so many lives. He never knows a stranger. He always tries to do the right thing.