Can you imagine losing your brother, or sister?
It’s tragic when it happens from some terrible accident, but theres something worse when its a dehabilitating disease and you’ve watched them suffer and fade for years, going though all the medical procedures to increase their life span whilst simultaneously reducing their quality of life in the process.
Can you imagine that this terrible disease is genetic and its already killed two or three of your siblings?
How would you feel?
Imagining that you could be next, that even if you manage to miss it then it might affect your own children.
Cancer is an evil, relentless disease that can affect us all, but affects some families more than others.
Today, I’m at a family funeral, my brothers wife’s sister. With two sisters already taken, I cannot imagine how she is feeling.
I can only imagine myself in her place and empathise.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to watch one of my 4 brothers to suffer and die in such circumstances.
I’m the eldest of 5 sons, we love, we fight, we are there for each other. All different but with a common bond, I can’t imagine life without any one of them, the gap left behind would be immense.
Today, I’ll pray for Sarah, for her loss.
But I”ll pray for Liz and her children, my god-daughter more.
I’ll pray for anyone out there suffering from this awful disease and thank God that my own family has avoided it.
If you happen to read this, maybe you could say a silent prayer too.
If you and yours are cancer free then count your blessings.
Pray for the living.
“And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make”