I’d like to give myself a magic wand at this time of the year to grant wishes to those affected by cancer. This was a wish list I put together in 2015, yet it is still relevant. Maybe this will be the year my wishes come true!
Here are my wishes for the upcoming year:
- I wish that our friends and acquaintances would stop giving us advice.
- I wish that bake sales and chicken barbecues to raise money for people with cancer weren’t necessary.
- I wish that people with cancer weren’t beaten over the head with the importance of positive thinking.
- I wish that every employee in every hospital and doctor’s office greeted each patient and family member with a smile and kind word.
- I wish that modest advances in cancer research weren’t portrayed as major breakthroughs in the popular media.
- I wish that people with cancer didn’t make treatment decisions based on old information and long-held assumptions.
- I wish that everyone with cancer felt comfortable expressing their actual wishes, without being influenced by family members or caregivers.
- I wish that more people received hospice care earlier than in their last week or two of life.
- I wish that people didn’t make treatment decisions clouded by anxiety and/or depression.
- I wish that people with lung cancer weren’t asked, “Did you smoke?”
- I wish that everyone with cancer felt a connection to a community.
I know that these wishes won’t all come true in the next year, but I remain the optimist.
Reprinted with Permission from the Ithaca Journal
Publication Date: December 28, 2015
Bob Riter is the Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. He can be reached at [email protected]
4 thoughts on “New Year’s Wishes 2016”
Great wishes we all need
All great wishes!
James wish we were told all the side effects. An late side effects up front. Learn more from web sites than doctors
Well said, Bob!