First, let me apologize for the gap in my blogs. I’ve been sick…which you probably figured out but I didn’t want you to think I was throwing in the towel! 😀 So….recently, I have been on the sour end of a discussion that was supposed to be about unity. At least, that’s how it felt to me. It got me thinking about unity, supporting our fellow cancer patients and what that really means in a practical sense. When it comes to cancer what is unity? It sounds simple but I found out recently that, to some people, it is not simple at all. To me it is a simple, very simple concept. INCLUSION.
When It Comes To Cancer What Is Unity?
Birds of a feather flock together. That’s about it, I think? Blog over, goodnight! 😀 When I think of unity I cannot help but think of Clichés. It’s a shame to me that people who say that they seek to unify us cannot allow others, who choose to bring their own perspective to a matter, freedom to do so. Net cancer is like a rainbow and we are all part of that rainbow but each of us represent different colors OF that rainbow. Pancreatic Neuroendocrine cancer might be yellow (PNET), Carcinoid Cancer (Mid-Gut) might be green, Carcinoid Cancer (Hind-Gut) might be blue, Lung Neuroendocrine Cancer might be red (LungNet). We all have different experiences, different symptoms, some have the syndrome and some do not, some have had the cancer removed other have it in every place possible. I think we all can understand that we are all different but unified when it comes to Net Cancer and yet we need to be inclusive. We need to unify but allow others to express themselves without judgment.
Inclusion Vs. Exclusion
So, yes, birds of a feather do flock together but some eat different seed. 🙂 When we unify we can look at various religions for a good example. There are different “strains” of each but yet they unify under a single name. Each is allowed to bring their own set of thoughts but are still considered to be part of the whole group. They will gather together and unite on the things that make them one all the while knowing that they disagree about this or that. We need to allow people to say that they are a Net Cancer patient but also allow them to say that they are a PNET, or LungNet or Carcinoid Cancer sufferer. We need to allow everyone to contribute regardless of our disagreements.
In fact, that includes ALL cancers. I often have people comment on my page that do NOT have any form of Net Cancer. They have other cancers or none at all but I include them because that is how we unite to beat this thing. It is not divisive to allow different colors in the rainbow…as long as we are part of the rainbow. AM I RIGHT?! 🙂
Focusing On Awareness
Yes, we need to focus on awareness and a very good move has been put forward to encourage that. It is that we unite under the name “Net Cancer” which is “short hand” for Neuroendocrine Cancer. I agree whole heartedly that we should do that but allowing somebody to step up and say, “Oh, I am a LungNet” or “I am a Caricnoid Cancer Patient” or “I am a PNet” which is a TYPE of Net Cancer is perfectly fine! We need to allow the full spectrum of awareness to be known. It only helps to shine the light on what is a very misunderstood cancer. So, yes… I am a Net Patient and I am a Carcinoid Cancer patient which is a sub type of neuroendocrine cancer. No, I do not have carcinoid syndrome but I do suffer from some sort of syndrome according to my doctor …yet another distinction. Excluding people from sharing their own experiences is controlling not unifying. That will not unify it will divide. We all have different strains of this horrible disease and allowing others to share freely will help us support each other. Let us not judge one another but support each other by allowing them to freely express how this disease affects them.