I’ll admit that I’ve been staring at my blank text box for a good half an hour, not being able to find words that would do justice to the event that was held by Kael’Thas-US’ Sidhe Devils this afternoon for their guildmate, Julie, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The first time I read the post on BBB’s blog, I had to take a moment to dry my eyes. Then I pulled out my planner and circled the date a few times.
Like all chronic illnesses, cancer is devastating. It’s devastating for the person with cancer, for their families, for their friends. On a personal level, I held the hand of a grandparent on three separate occasions as they fought for their lives against the disease. On a professional level, I’m constantly moved by the inner strength, the positive outlook and the wisdom of those I encounter who are battling cancer, either as a patient or as a supportive family member. I have nothing but admiration for all the strong individuals I have the fortune of meeting during my clinical rotations, but I must say that those dealing with cancer always leave a special impression in my heart.
Today’s in-game walk from Darnassus to Booty Bay was incredible and I’m so excited to have been a part of it. Many fellow gamers were there, sharing their stories and walking for someone (or someones) they cared about. Others just walked in silence, quietly showing their support for Julie and for everyone else who has cancer in their life. Someone commented on how amazing it was that so many people wanted to show support for a stranger. How I see it, I wasn’t there to show support as a stranger, but rather as a fellow human being. We’re all this planet together and cancer touches us all in one way or another.
I send my love and best wishes to Julie, to her family, to anyone else battling cancer and to their families.
I also want to thank BBB and the Sidhe Devils guild for putting together this event. It was a great time and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.
Aaaaand of course I have pictures! (As does pretty much every blogger playing on US servers – it was awesome to see so many familiar names!)