This regular CURE contributor wonders why he never has enough to write about.
Khevin Barnes is a male breast cancer survivor, magician and spokesperson. He is currently writing, composing and producing a comedy musical about breast cancer awareness. He travels wherever he is invited to talk to men about breast cancer (and a little magic for) to do. www.BreastCancerSpeaker.com www.MaleBreastCancerSurvivor.com
When I started writing for CURE on June 12, 2015, with a play called "An Expedition through Cancer," I had a million things to discuss it seemed. And I really had to talk. The truth about male breast cancer is that many men are reluctant to accept that this rare cancer has invaded our lives. I was as surprised as anyone else with my own diagnosis, but I quickly found positive resources to express my thoughts and concerns. Interestingly, most of the survivors in the early months of different cancers sites were women with breast cancer. It took a while for me to find the men, and as a result, in my early writing, I just wrote cancer, all kinds of cancer, and the problems we all have in common.
Being able to express My personal experiences with experienced cancer survivors and those who have also been newly diagnosed have been a rich and rewarding "medicine" for me over the past four years. And I've learned a lot from other people's insights and stories.
Although cancer survivors often talk about the three great fears that we face: the fear of dying, the fear of repetition, and the fear of being stigmatized. Everybody refers to our cancer in so many different ways , The best part about so many personalized stories is that there is often a common thread in these stories that we can refer to. Cancer affects our lives in countless ways and that's why; There is something important that can be learned from every single survivor.
A few years ago, I remember thinking, "When will I have no more problems to write about?" Now that I've survived for four years, the answer to that question has become pretty clear to me:
There is hope and horror in cancer. Their reach is so insidious that, due to their size (1
On the other hand, the number of people disturbed and terrorized by their profound understanding is almost unthinkable. Unfortunately, as long as there is cancer in the world, there will always be another side.
Every day we wake up and begin the process of recognizing our illness, knowing that it will be with us while we eat breakfast, go to work, talk to our children, pay our bills, visit our doctors and to continue our lives as best we can, there is a story written in each of our actions.
Cancer, in an often subtle way, colors everything in our lives. Even if cancer is in remission or hibernation, it is never far from our thoughts.
And so our stories continue, here at CURE and in countless conversations around the world. And though the stories are filled with personal anecdotes, humor, sometimes desperation, and even unpleasant and unfair things, they are all heart-moments in the life of a cancer survivor, printed on the mush of our human experiences, perhaps to be recognized someday in the future Billions of thoughts that led to healing.