Friday, September 13, 2013

cancer Victim's Rights Campaign

I received a comment on one of my posts a while back that hit home. It was from Susan Vento, Wife of former U.S. House Representative, Bruce Vento.

Unfortunately, on October 10th, 2000, Mr. Vento died of pleural mesothelioma—a rare disease caused by asbestos exposure that kills 90-95% of those who have it. Not many people know about this terrible disease, which lead Susan to reach out to me. Susan is the spokesperson for a great online resource called the Cancer Victim's Right Campaign ( that fights to protect cancer victims and their families. She wrote a blog piece ( that you need to read. Please share it after you read it.

I ask you this because cancer will not "just go away." And more importantly, I created this blog to help others in any way, big or small. It's one reason my blog title is Other Side Of Cancer. I'm still learning to this day, 6 years after my diagnosis, how my cancer effected my family members and friends. I just had a drink with a friend on Wednesday who asked me, "you're cancer free, right?" I said, "yeah but the side effects are killing me." He said, "all that matters is you're alive and we're here talking about it over a whiskey. I saw you go through some shit and I know."

Help Susan to help others. It might even help you.