Most of the people that have not seen up close the effects and the changes that Cancer has in peoples lives think that once a person has survived this awful illness they will go on with their lives as they where before. Ignorance.
This is my story in a more detailed way. My girlfriend lived with her mother and younger brother, her father had been killed in Colombia when she was a little girl. They where a common middle class family, her mother worked to sustain the house and pay for most bills and she studied and worked part time to pay for her personal spending and to also help her mother a little bit with the bills. My girlfriend whom I have been dating for the past four years found out that her mother had breast cancer, one of the most common illnesses today in women. She was devastated by the news and feared that her mother would die. All of the sudden she had to make a sacrifice that most 19 year olds do not have to make. She had to drop out of high school and work to sustain her house because her mother could no longer work because of Chemotherapy. These where hard times for us because I was also affected by this since the woman I loved the most was suffering and could not have a normal 19 year old life and therefore I could not either. I promised I was going to help her in every step of the way any way I could, and I did. I took her brother to school many times, I cared for her mother many times when she could not even move from the pain, and even helped with the bills from my paycheck. After struggling with Cancer and all these economical problems, her mother finally survived and was done with Chemotherapy as well as Radiotherapy. I, as you would probably think, thought that the troubles where over and that everything was going to go back to normal, but it did not. Immediately all of the hospital bills started coming in, Carolina (my girlfriend) was exhausted of working and seeing that her life was not going anywhere, and her mother had lost her job since she was unable to work during the Chemo. Somehow nothing had changed, aside from her health everything had actually become worst. They where in an enormous depth that their insurance would not cover and now she had to look for a new job that could make enough to survive and leave for the hospital bills.
This is a real life story to show that the world needs to wake up and realize that it is not enough to donate one Pint of blood in one year; we need to do more. How come there is no organization that would be able to help Carolina and her family through these moments? Carolina and her family never asked for any of this and in the two hard years that they have been through, they have NEVER said “God why us?”
We need an organization that will help those Cancer survivors pay for their hospital bills, their kids studies and give them a chance to get back on their two feet so that they can COMPLETELY survive Cancer! Remember that Cancer can not only kill a person, but also destroy families!