I like to give myself a magic wand at this time of the year to grant wishes to those affected by cancer.

Here are my wishes for 2016:

  • I wish that our friends and acquaintances would stop giving us advice.
  • I wish that bake sales and chicken barbeques 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 2016, but I remain the optimist.

 

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