People ask me all the time, 'What can I do?' Well folks, step up to the plate because I/we do need help. Cary Miller the wonderful editor of Cancer Newswatch started Real Cancer Real lives to present cancer as suffered, rather than cancer as celebrated. He wanted to convey how it really WAS to bear a cancer diagnosis, or to go through the treatment... But now he needs our help. Due to the nature of cancer suffering, those hosting Cary's carnival have been unable to help as much as he hoped and the carnival has days where there is no host or hostess. Could you help? All of you know someone who has cancer, all of you by offering to host this carnival could do something to counteract the media generated view of cancer. It doesn't matter if you don't HAVE cancer, all Cary needs is help to host the carnival. So many of you have asked 'what can we do?' Well, this is something that everyone who has a blog can do.
Please help by going here and signing up. Cary collects all the posts for you and the links and all you have to do is write them up. Cary's wife Lori has cancer and was diagnosed just after their honeymoon. Real Cancer Real lives means a LOT to Cary and Lori and I know how grateful they would be.....
On to the stories themselves...
Dana has been suffering since the end of treatment feeling as so many patients do nervous about the future and devoid of support. Go and read her post and offer her some of your support.
Black Looks here argues that reconstruction and the wearing of prostheses after breast cancer really should be unnecessary as women should be accepted for who they are rather than the amount of breasts they sport - read her thought provoking article here
Cary, as in our very own founder, expresses his anger at the disease which dominates so many of our lives. I urge everyone to read this post to understand the caregiver's frustration with this - Read it here. (Be warned - this post does contain adult language. )
Chrispian, whose wife Aeryn has had a bout with cancer, has had to watch her go through more surgery and pain as the treatment wreaks havoc too - read about it here.
If you would like to submit a post for inclusion in Real Cancer, Real Lives, please do so via the Carnival Submit Form. When submitting your blog entry, be sure that Real Cancer, Real Lives is selected in the menu space provided. If you are interested in hosting the carnival, you can check available dates at the Real Cancer, Real Lives main page...just drop Cary at Cancer NewsWatch an email to let him know which date you'd like.
You can take a look at some other great carnivals over at the TTLB UberCarnival page.