Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Emme Semarjian

Cancer, the disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. (Webster Dictionary) Any type of cancer can be easily defined by a dictionary, or a scientific explanation. But, no one ever takes the time to explain what cancer really means. Physically, cancer can destroy one’s body. It can put individuals through immense pain, causing them to fight as hard as they can. I could go on and on about how the body is impacted by cancer because there are endless different ways. Something that most people have yet to discuss, is how cancer can impact people mentally. Just for starters, depending on the stage of cancer, most patients are unable to rely on themselves entirely, and need aid with everyday things. Cancer can tire a person out and literally drain them of their energy. Next, the fact that cancer has no true cure, it tends to leave fighters hopeless. Cancer can also lead to depression more likely than not. But although cancer can lead to these horrible mental symptoms, it does not stop people for fighting until they make it through.

Although cancer can tear down a patient both mentally and physically, it also leaves an effect on their loved ones. When I was going into the sixth grade, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. At first, she was reluctant to tell me about it because I was so young and I still thought the world was a pretty perfect place. After I found out, I didn’t quite understand everything that was going on. I wasn’t sad on the surface because I didn’t realize how much my mom was suffering. I am lucky to say that my mom is now cancer free and with me today. But from having the experience of a loved one going through cancer, I am a different person than I was before. Cancer to me is still a pretty scary thing, so make sure that next October (and all year round) you are sensitive to those who are suffering. Because like my mom, some might not show it on the outside, but they are fighting the biggest battle of their lives on the inside.