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My life has been touched by cancer for as long as I can remember. I see it in flashes. We didn’t live near my grandmother, so my memories of her were of times she visited us or we visited her. In my mind, they are like a reel and view toy. Remember those? It had a wheel with pictures, and when you would push down the lever, there would be a different picture. At first, I remember my grandmother limping a little. The next photo she is in crutches. Click. She is in a hospital with her leg propped up. Cancer. I was told she had cancer. For years, I thought she had cancer of the leg until someone told me that’s not a thing. They were right. My grandmother had breast cancer but somehow ended up with an infection in her leg. They told her she had six months to live, but she was with us more than six more years.
About seven years ago, my uncle lost his battle with cancer. Three years ago, my sister found out she had appendix cancer. Recently, we found out the cancer came back, and she has begun chemotherapy. It’s so hard to see my family suffer.
Keep enjoying what you love.
I hope cancer never reaches you or your family, but unfortunately it’s not likely. Did you know that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetimes (Cancer Facts and Figures,” American Cancer Society, 2017)? When my grandmother had cancer, she didn’t have all the options we have now. Thankfully, more and more people in the U.S. are living with cancer as a manageable disease (Cancer Facts and Figures,” American Cancer Society, 2017). Life is short!
There’s something about youth that makes you feel untouchable, like you’ll live forever. I remember when the age 50 sounded like forever, and now, it’s right around the corner. Now, I realize how short life is and how we need to take care and be prepared.
Cancer is scary! There is still so much unknown about it, but I feel better about everything when I’m prepared. Don’t you? I recently I found out Aflac offers cancer insurance. Did you know that?
Be Financially Prepared.
It’s when huge medical bills take over that we have to cut some of the things we love. Aflac’s Cancer Protection Assurance* helps provide a financial foundation to those with cancer and their families throughout the process. Even with health insurance, the treatment, doctors, hospital stays and such all cost so much out of pocket. What a blessing to have the added cancer insurance to help with finances in an already stressful time. You may still be able to take that trip to Alaska you’ve always dreamed of.
Be prepared with emotional support.
Policyholders also have access to CancerCare, which provides emotional support. This is something I wouldn’t have thought of, but I know that my sister has relied heavily on the people she is able to talk to that have been through a similar thing. Real people telling their real stories of their own experiences have helped her feel the most prepared going into surgery and chemo. CancerCare offers oncology social workers, support groups and online tools to help meet those needs.
Family. It’s what’s most important to me on this earth. Moments and memories with my children are what I hold so dear, because they change so fast. I look forward to their milestones, and then look back on them sadly when they are gone. Through the challenges and the laughing good times, it’s family that I cherish. When cancer comes knocking, what a blessing it would be to have that added financial security and emotional support.
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*Aflac Cancer Protection Assurance is a cancer/specified-disease insurance policy. In Oklahoma, Policies B70100OK, B70200OK, B70300OK, B7010EPOK and B7020EPOK. Policy may not be available in all states including but not limited to Idaho, New Jersey and Virginia. The policy has limitations and exclusions that may affect benefits payable. Refer to the policy for complete details, limitations, and exclusions. For costs and complete details of the coverage, please contact your local Aflac agent.
Coverage is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.
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