This is my dad, he is a very good man.
Sometimes bad things happen to good people, I prefer to say things happen to people, in general.
A few years ago now my father was diagnosed with Carcinoid Cancer. For those who don’t understand what that means (I barely think I do) we turn to Wikipedia:
Carcinoid (also carcinoid tumor) is a slow-growing type of neuroendocrine tumor, originating in the cells of the neuroendocrine system.
Not that that makes any sense, but thank you Wikipedia none-the-less.
Long story short, Dad diagnosed with cancer. Dad has surgery and gets a lot of stuff removed. Dad recovers. Dad in remission. Win. Although nothing is that simple, right?
Now I don’t see Dad very often, and he’s not a man of many words, so much of the information I get comes from Mom. From what I gather though, this cancer and the surgeries, they left Dad a changed man. He sounds like positive happy Dad that I know on the phone, but he’s fighting a fight.
My Mom is also a fighter and she is there each day fighting for Dad. She too had cancer many moons ago, but she had a brand new me to take care of, so she fought the cancer and more-or-less whipped its ass. My Mom, let me tell you, if you didn’t know her any better you’d think she was an angel (insert chuckles). Without my Mom who knows if we would still have Dad. So I am thankful to God, and I am thankful to Mom. We are all thankful for Mom.
Mom took the battle to the streets and because of her the State of Washington, Clallam County and the City of Forks all recognize today as National NET Cancer Awareness Day.
This is a day to celebrate. Yes, its about cancer awareness, but I’m choosing that awareness to be of how thankful I am to have Dad. He is a good man, and as such deserves this day.
Now if you were patient enough to sit through all I’m sure you’re more than willing now to go donate some money. What are you waiting for, GO! —> DONATE
ps, big ups to April McKnight for designing this proud-ass stallion of a Zebra ❤