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Hope and time both play a role in cancer recovery

I haven't posted lately because I have been busy doing some cancer-awareness videos for Princess Margaret Hospital — I guess I had my fill of videos for a while.

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I haven’t posted lately because I have been busy doing some cancer-awareness videos for Princess Margaret Hospital — I guess I had my fill of videos for a while.

One of the videos I did was a short promotional commercial for their Doves of Hope campaign. These videos cover two themes, with four people featured. Naturally, they talk about hope, and the power of what that can mean both for a cancer patient’s disposition and their ultimate prognosis.

The other question they ask is about time. They asked me what having more time meant to me — bring on the tears. Of course, time for me is time with Sydney. My only goal is to be with her for as long as I am able. My dream is to watch her grow into a beautiful young woman, to see her fall in love, to see her achieve her dreams, to be there for her when she falls, and to be her biggest cheerleader when she succeeds. Time means life. Time means everything. So, we all hope for more time.

I know, this is very corny. But anytime I think about Sydney and the potential of my not being here to watch her grow I get corny, and that is the only thing I mourn for. So, of course, when they asked me the question, I cried. And, of course, despite the fact that I was filmed for over an hour, they chose that footage for the 30 second commercial. Someone once told me: “If it bleeds, it leads” — ain’t that the truth!

Having said that, I think the commercial is very powerful because it is very truthful. Whether someone has cancer or not, time is the one thing we are all fighting for — we try to hold onto to, to reverse it, to relive it, and to cheat for more of it. Time truly is everything because it is how we measure our lives. Whether we look at the milestone events or the everyday moments, we are always recounting our time spent. We need to cherish that time and to truly understand that every moment, big or small, is a gift.

Now, I am not saying that we don’t squander some of that time — we all need to just relax every once in a while and enjoy the laziness. I personally have watched TV for two hours already tonight. That said, we do need to focus on those moments that we have together and not waste them in anger. We mark our lives in time. That time should be spent creating memories that can live on in the hearts of those we shared our lives with.