Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Living Anyway

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by R.W. Hampton No Comments

I was just cruising Facebook with my wife and we ran across this story our friend Rory (of “Joey and Rory “) wrote about what’s been going on in their lives right now and man did it bring back memories for us.

Although the scenario is different, it felt all to familiar as we read along. It’s been 14 years ago for us that we were dealing with a cancer prognosis for me – one of a return of Melanoma Cancer after 8 years in remission, with the doctor telling us I had a 50-50 chance of it returning but if it did, it would kill me. And this was on the heals of learning 24 hours earlier that my sweet wife was pregnant. We also did the surgeries and removed lymph nodes and spit glands, worried if my vocal chords would survive and thanked the Lord and cherished every day afterwards when it all went well.

I say all of this only to let Joey and Rory and those of you out there dealing with cancer know that the VERY BEST advice I got in those dark days was – “Trust in the Lord and DON’T quit living!”

Having the courage to continue to make plans, to face the unknown and to trust in our Savior is a challenge and the road won’t be easy but I know they too will face this and their faith will shine through it all.

I know I have the best fans/friends out there so I hope you will take the time to read his post and then join me in saying a prayer for this dear family and while you are at it, add one of thanks for every day I have been blessed to spend with my family.

If you want to read Joey & Rory’s Blog here is the link:

A Cure For What Ails Us

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by R.W. Hampton 2 Comments

So the debates are behind us and the only thing now between today and the election is a gigantic storm named Sandy. If you’ve been following the posts and comments here and on my Facebook page, you know I feel strongly about this election. I want everyone to educate themselves on the issues, the candidates and then go vote if you haven’t already.

I am a pretty conservative guy, I won’t tell you how I voted and I don’t think any of the candidates have all the answers but for what it’s worth, here is my take on things.

Okay now, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t EVER want to do a four year stretch as President but if I ever was punished like that I think I’ve got a plan for easing our health care & economic woes. That’s right a simple one step plan.

CURE CANCER! Yes, just cure cancer.

As JFK did with the race to the moon, I would challenge us as a nation to find a CURE before this decade is out. That’s right, if we turned our energies & resources towards the obliteration of cancer just think of the positive effects on healthcare, insurance, productivity, and personal finances. I would venture to say all of you in some way or another have been touched by the devastating ravages of cancer.

On a personal level I know what I’m talking about because I’ve dealt with Malignant Melanoma three different times. I’m healthy and have been in “remission” for years now but the last round I went through it without insurance and of course am now one of the millions of un-insured Americans who live in fear of health issues because of a pre-existing condition. (For more about our feelings towards Obama’s Healthcare bill please go here. )

I’ve heard the bad news, had the surgeries, done the treatments and faced the stress of each follow-up. I’ve lost dear friends and a sister-in-law at 48 years old. We’ve got to find the causes and cures and put our efforts into those instead of expensive ad campaigns. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting real tired of visiting cancer clinics, hospice care, local fund-raisers and funerals for folks who should’ve had a lot more years ahead.

Pink RibbonNow I’m realistic enough to know that there is a cost for everything and I know that a cure for the “Big C” would wreck out the mortuary, pharmaceutical and pink ribbon industries, but what the heck, we can always move on to something else to support. Yeah, like curing the commonsense deficit amongst our leaders. But no, that wouldn’t be hope and change, no, that would be an outright miracle!

Do you have any suggestions for our illustrious leaders on how to fix our economy and the state of our country?  Did you know that every month except August & December are some type of Cancer Awareness months?