I’m probably the only person on the planet who, until recently, didn’t know who Stuart Scott was. I don’t watch ESPN unless under pressure, so I missed his entertaining ways and display of talent. Now that I learn more I realize the amazing wit this man had. I’m going to insert a link to his July ESPY speech, but I’m too cowardly to watch it for myself right now.
These opening words alone get me.
“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer.
You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live …
When you get too tired to fight, then lay down, and rest,
and let somebody else fight for you.“
For the rest of you, here’s video of the speech.
Those are such potent words. My mother, who lost her battle to cancer last June, would have agreed wholeheartedly with his sentiments. It was one of the many admirable things about her. She never let cancer stop her. Never gave in to it. Even though she endured miserably uncomfortable tests and treatment with every side effect in the book. Even when it intruded on the life she wanted to live. Even then she met her days with hope. Hope that she would win. Hope enough to convince everyone else she could do it.
She’s laid down, resting now, but I know she would cheer this outlook. It’s how you live that matters.
That’s a message not just for cancer patients, but for all of us. Fight like hell. Hold onto the people you love. Let go when you’re ready and not a minute before.