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5/12/2019 12:01:00 AM
Cancer Is Your Enemy
Written May 8, 2019

Judge Rembert
Guest Columnist



There are things that can invade your life...
Invade your mind...
Overwhelm your very being...

One of these things is your health...
One of her friends...
A friend 20 years her junior...
She is 57 years of age to be exact...
A friend who has been her friend for 20 years...



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One day she seemed healthy...
But a simple test changed all that...
The word CANCER entered her diagnosis...
Her life would never be the same again...
She changed from a caregiver to a patient...

Her friends all jumped in to help...
She worked in the health field...
She had done it her entire adult life...
So emotional help was there...
But to those who had never battled cancer...
Oh my they were in for a shock...

They watched the patient go for surgery...
Then they installed a port for chemo...
Then along came stomach problems...
Sours in her mouth...
Of course her long beautiful hair was gone...
She was too weak to work...

Everyone got into a routine...
Months passed and then...
She got the phone call that she would soon...
Soon be unemployed...
Human resources stranger called...
Informed her that all her time was used...
Her insurance would go from $49.00 a month
to $800.00 on Cobra...

By then she was so weak she could not
eat or drive or clean her house...
Now she had a new problem...
She now had to deal with early Social Security...

Now the friends who were helping are powerless...
Cancer has roots that invade your body...
Cancer has roots that invade your very being...
A person goes from helping others to fighting...
Fighting the cancer and the system...

Friends who love the patient want to help...
They search for information...
Now the patient feels powerless and...
And the helpers feel powerless...

Cancer steals your body parts...
Cancer steals your job...
Cancer steals your security...
Cancer steals your dreams...
Cancer steals your health...

If you have never dealt with cancer as a patient
or a caregiver...
Please thank God when you go to bed tonight...
Then please pray for a cure...

CANCER IS A THIEF...
CANCER IS POWERFUL...
CANCER CHANGES LIVES...
CANCER IS EVIL...

More About Judge Rembert: WWII made Judge an only child when her half-brother was killed in the war. She lived in a tiny town in South Carolina until she was eight and her Mother went to work. She was sent to a boarding school in Belmont, N.C. From that time on she has lived back and forth in the two Carolinas. They are both home. She was born dyslexic and did not know what the problem was or that it had a name until she was about 45. She was unable to spell so she never put words on paper until she was 65 and had a computer with spell check. She comes from a long line of story tellers and a Mother that taught her much by telling stories. Stories about people and how they faced life and how they dealt with problems. If you read what she writes you may hear her Mother and her Grandmother talking to her. She is thrilled to know that anyone reads her words and finds them interesting. Oh, she is 75 now and she now makes her home in Aiken, S.C. If you like Judge’s writings or would like to comment on them let her know by emailing judgerembert@bellsouth.net.


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