This week’s blog post is by former Denver Nuggets head coach and MyLifeLine.org supporter, George Karl.
It’s been 4 ½ years since I finished my Head and Neck cancer treatment. My experiences and interactions have been filled with incredibly talented people and organizations, amazing cancer miracles and some stories that are very mysterious.
First my health is on a strong recovery but as a cancer survivor staying alert and aware is the best way to stay a survivor. The fact of what you eat has become a daily journey and I try to feed my immune system better and better knowing our nutrition is the biggest key to better health and cancer survivorship.
Committing to finding ways to help navigate cancer patients in their journey has been Kim and I’s strongest advocacy in the last four years. MyLifeLine.org and their commitment to the cancer patient and caregiver have blessed us. Kim serves on their board of directors and seeing them grow and become stronger has been a gift.
My belief is that we are on the verge of some amazing cancer successes. Cures, improved treatments and partnerships are all very close to some spectacular findings and answers. My only wish is we would find more unity and more teamwork to all the talented people, doctors and committed organizations that I’ve meet and talked with in the last four years.
I hope that we in the future can find more dollars and innovation for the aftercare of treated patients. I believe this has been an area that has been left behind and we need to gift the cancer patient more love after treatment. His or her hand still needs to be held and given guidance on what their bodies are going through and how to be strong and confident in finding answers to questions after treatment.
It has been a great 4 ½ years of learning, but I today stand amazed how much work is still to be done. Cancer is a mutation and we must constantly work to get ahead and stay ahead of its changing personality. From stem cells, bone morrow, integrative care, navigation, nutrition and many more cancer situations, I hope to continue to grow and find ways to help the cancer patient. Many cancer patients have become better and stronger because of their journey. I know I have!