Cancer. The word makes people cringe. IT sends those conflicted into the stages of grief. Some will never accept that they have IT, refusing treatment and living out the rest of their lives, but always have IT silently nagging. Others will believe IT, but remain angry for the rest of their lives, becoming bitter and pushing loved ones away. A few will attempt to barter with doctors, family, and God, only to find that IT makes deals with no one. The strongest ones accept IT. Whether or not they treat IT, doesn’t matter. Those who accept IT are able to live, knowing they’ve chosen the best courses of actions for their lives. Cancer…it doesn’t have to make us cringe.