The Hazards of the Work
August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today I celebrate my third “birthday”. While I”m definitely older than three, three years ago today I went into surgery to have my Thyroid removed due to a cancerous tumor. It’s a sobering thought to her the “C” word. While I did not receive my cancer diagnosis as the result of an on-the-job hazard or exposure, what we do puts us in a position to be exposed to a large number of hazards, from bloodbourne diseases to chemicals that are known to cause cancer.
One of the groups I’ve come across in the years since my diagnosis is the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. This is an amazing group that provides assistance to firefighters and their families, regardless of the type of cancer yo uare diagnosed with. It also provides the ability for those of us in the service who are fighting the battle or who have beaten the disease to provide insight and support to those who are newly diagnosed.
While I hope that no one else ever has to go through the struggles of cancer treatment, I am a realist and know that in reality, every day a new patient will receive the news that they have cancer. If it is ever you or a family member, check otu the Firefighter Cancer Support Network for help! Their website is: http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/