I spent most of the day at the cancer center today. I was amazed at the number of patients waiting to see doctors in the outpatient center. And so many young people. I know cancer has no age boundaries. It is ruthless when it comes to age….from the very young to those who have reached a full measure of life. But today, it just seemed like patients in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s were sitting or walking around nervously.
If you ever wonder about “who” gets cancer, spend some time in a cancer center. It’s not a disease of the rich. It doesn’t pick on a people down on their luck either…nope…it’s an equal opportunity beast.
Today I saw women, dressed up, in beautiful clothing but also wearing cancer pallor. Men in suits, who would have been better “suited” for a conference room than a waiting room. It was easy to spot the veterans of the battle. They were in comfortable clothes, had their masks on and many had their “cancer appointment” bags full of personal mail, newspapers and other “to do” items that would take them through their day in cancer world.
When I was one of those care-givers sitting next to my loved one in that room, I don’t remember even noticing the crowd. My mind was focused in a different direction.
Today, I looked at the big picture…there wasn’t an empty seat in the house.