Cancer SucksYeah we all can agree on that. It takes a toll. A physical and mental toll on you, your friends your family, pretty much everyone that is close to you. People don't know how to react around you when you have it, the whispers, the stares. The treatment kills everything, even the good cells,the equivalent of medical napalm. It makes you tired. Radiation makes you tired, hell everything makes you tired. After your course of treatment you hope to hear one word: Remission.
Everything happens for a reason. Or so I am told. That is a hard pill to swallow when your hair falls out and you feel like shit from a treatment that is supposed to make you better.
But you know what, I have to say I believe it.
Cancer has taken some things, but has given me more than I care to admit. I eat healthier than I probably would have if I didn't have it, I work out more, well, I am a bit of a gym rat lately, just getting back in to hockey playing shape, I enjoy my friends my family and well, life in general.
I love my job as co-host/producer/partner in crime on The Vic McCarty show, a job I got because of cancer.
Because of cancer I was able to jump in on a startup of an internet radio station: Empoweradio.com. I produce shows, and now I host my own show The Cancer Warrior. I have been pretty lucky lately, good things have been happening. Do I attribute it to cancer? I guess I have to. Opportunity knocked and I answered the door. Would I have heard the knock if cancer hadn't of come into my life like a tasmanian devil, leaving a path of mental and physical destruction in its wake, forcing me to either cower in a corner, which, if you know me, just isn't my style, or get up and fight the devil, winning the fight some days, some days losing, but eventually winning the battle.
I have to say that I have had a great attitude during all of this, I think if we all picture cancer looking like this:
it would be a hell of a lot less scarier.
Mel is the producer/co-host of The Vic McCarty Show. Listen live Monday-Friday 10am-noon eastern standard time on wmktthetalkstation.com
Check out my new show The Cancer Warrior on Empoweradio.com available on demand