Every day, so many people receive cancer diagnoses. Very few of us have any sort of widespread public recognition, especially to the extent of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and I thank him for speaking out against the stigmas of cancer, particularly leukemia. We are all fighting those stigmas and doing what we can in our own ways, whether it be blogging or donating to a foundation or speaking at events. We put ourselves out there for others to see that we are OK, normal even. My favorite quote from that article is, "'My first reaction was to deal with it, make that fight for my life.'"
We are all dealing with it, however we can. And by humanizing these diseases, all of us are hopefully making it easier for someone else to deal with it tomorrow. So thank you to everyone who is taking their illness and using their experiences to prove that life does and will continue to go on. It is still scary, but cancer should no longer be the unspeakable, lurking menace that it once was.
And that's today's bit of cancer news. Even basketball stars get cancer. Even basketball stars.