Darwin R. Del Rosario
Mr. Sonido, E.
Rhetoric of Cancer
Humans are social creatures. We meet people every day, interact with them and use these interactions to define our lifestyle and our activities. However, these connections with people also determine our emotions. Our emotions are affected either in a good or bad way, but at the end of the day, we just want to be happy. At the end of our lives, we just want to be happy.
The fight against cancer is never easy, even if equipped with medicine. Hope is what keeps cancer patients moving. Hope is what gives them strength- hope that they will be with their loved ones once again, hope that they will live their normal lives once they are healed, hope that they will overcome all the pain and emotional implications of cancer and live happily once again.
Half of men and a third of women are diagnosed with cancer before they reach the age of 85 (cancercouncil.com.au). It is not surprising therefore, that you know someone who was or is affected by cancer. The physiological effects of the disease seems all but superficial compared to the emotional distress it causes, among them depression and fear. Just imagine how much cancer patients have to cope with in their everyday lives- drawing close to what seems to them an inevitable wall that they need to climb to reach the finish line. Again, hope is what keeps them going.
1,500 people die from a form cancer every day (medicalausure.co.uk). Friends and family are all we have in the end. They’re the only connections that matter and they are the only ones that can keep us happy in the end.