There are times in our lives when we are thrown off balance and the strength to get back on our feet marks the pinnacle of our ambition. These are the moments when hope appears like a faint light on the distant horizon.
hey are also the moments for which the Irish Cancer Society was created.
In our country, 45,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year.
Annually, Daffodil Day represents the ultimate in flower power as the nation is invited to support the invaluable work being done to support patients.
It’s often said that time and health are the two precious commodities we possess that we don’t really realize until they’re used up. Thankfully, the number of people surviving cancer is expected to reach 200,000 by the end of this year.
For all the fears of a diagnosis, this is a positive story that stems from the expert work of dedicated teams and constant breakthroughs in medical science.
More effective and efficient improvements in treatment and earlier detection have greatly improved the chances of survival for many types of cancer. But all of this requires funding and the commitment of volunteers and professionals who work tirelessly. The investment pays off. As a result, long-term cancer survival has increased dramatically over the past two decades.
According to Averil Power, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society, the charity is “entirely dependent” on fundraising for its services, which include care for cancer patients, counseling and free transport to chemotherapy appointments.
While the lifting of Covid restrictions was a wonderful moment for most of us, some people found that the easing of public health measures created new fears.
People undergoing cancer treatment are much more susceptible to the worst effects of infection. Unfortunately, they also benefit the least from vaccination protection.
Hospitals are doing their best to accommodate appointments and maintain services, but this is becoming increasingly difficult against a backdrop of rising Covid cases and staffing shortages. The HSE has again announced there will be “clear implications” for the state’s hospital waiting list plan due to the rise in infections.
dr Colm Henry said the goals set under the waiting list initiative are likely to be jeopardized by the elimination of elective care across the hospital system. At such times, the Irish Cancer Society is a constant source of reassurance and information.
We’ve all struggled through the pandemic, but the stress for cancer patients has been on a different scale. The Irish Cancer Society has been a candle to so many of us through the darkest moments of our lives. We should do what we can to support it – not just on Daffodil Day, but throughout the year.
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