As America celebrates her freedom, I wish America could celebrate freedom from cancer as well. A fantastic Independence Day would be one where our nation, and the world, would be free of cancer. America has suffered under the tyranny of of cancer long enough. One statistic from the American Cancer Society says that in 2010 5, 71950 persons died from cancer. You probably had friends and family members in that number. We all have been touched by cancer.
The day that a cure is found will probably become another independence day all over again. There will be dancing in the streets, offices will shut down for the day, schools will release their students, and a celebration will take over everything . It will be just like the Fourth of July, complete with fireworks, flags and parades. Until then, I must keep the faith, pray for a cure, and accept the life that God has given me.
As a woman who is cancer free,(5 years free!) the notion of freedom takes on new meaning for me. Freedom means newness, living out of the box and living fearlessly. Freedom from cancer also means that I have an obligation to help those who are not yet free. Jesus taught us in the scriptures about the requirement of those who are free to go back to help those who were bound in life’s harsh circumstances such as hunger, and sickness.
The disciples asked Jesus this incredulous question in Matt 25:38 when confronted with their lapse in helping others. When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you?
In light of Christ’s call to action- I am asking those of you are also free of cancer to reach out to those still in the battle with cancer. Liberty is for sharing. Call them, visit them, or even take them to see the fireworks. And know in your heart that one day, there will be fireworks and celebration because we all are finally free of cancer.