After Elizabeth Edwards came out with news of her cancer return, Newsweek had an issue devoted to the subject. There were numerous articles that I perused while at the dentist.
Lance Armstrong says this:
"The shameful reality is that we do not ensure that everyone benefits from what we know today about cancer prevention and detection. The outcome of a cancer diagnosis often depends on factors that have nothing to do with the disease, including race, insurance, economics, age and proximity to treatment centers. We can prevent about one-third of cancer deaths just by widely distributing information about prevention and early detection - but we aren't doing it.
Meanwhile, we know scientific discovery is critical and our best hope for the future. Research labs hold the promise for improved screening and therapies and understanding of metastases and prevention. Congress, however, repeatedly fails to fully fund the requested budget for the National Cancer Institute and recently cut cancer funding for the first time in more than 30 years."
This, while they continue to send money to Iraq. Mind-boggling!
Jonathan Alter points out that most medical companies do not cover all of the huge costs of cancer and so many people not only are fighting cancer but lose everything financially. "The majority of personal bankruptcies in the United States come from medical expenses, not sloth. In its hideous 2005 bankruptcy "reform," Congress sided with credit-card companies and kicked cancer survivors when they were down."
Alter ends his article with this quote from "The Shawshank Redemption." "You can get busy living, or get busy dying."
May your day balance on the rolling point of life.