Tuesday, April 20, 2010
One of These Things is Not Like the Others!
This is a fun game that I've played with my kids when they were younger. You've probably played it, too.
Give it a go. All but one of the items shown above is similar. Can you pick out the odd one? When you look closely, you'll notice that there are 5 pictures of 'apples' and one picture of a cascade of 'oranges.' So which one of these things is not like the others? The 'oranges', of course.
Let's try the game again. Look at the collage below. Which one of these things is not like the others?
Time's almost up. Here's the answer. What you see are 5 examples of some dastardly evil Myeloma cells- BOO! HISS! And then there is a picture of some goofy guy mugging at the camera. The guy is the odd one out, right? Hey, be nice! He's the one thing that is not like the others.
But sometimes I wonder how I see myself. Do I let Multiple Myeloma define who I am? Sure, it affects me everyday. The pain, the treatments, the medicine, the uncertain future, the incredible expense.
I may be guilty of personifying Myeloma, but I try very hard to not let it fog the essence of who and what I am. I don't want to give in to this disease one inch more than I have to. If it was a person I would call it greedy, and sneaky, and evil. It would enslave me if I let it. Left unchecked it would take my life, sooner than later. I definitely don't see it as a co-existing friend.
I am a lot of things. I am a husband, a father, a friend, a Christian. I'm a producer, a musician, a success, a failure, a goof ball in a picture. But in no way am I a walking, talking collection of cancer cells.
I understand better now what Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) meant when he cried out 'I am not an animal - I am a human being!' To paraphrase, 'I am not Myeloma.'
If you picked the goofy guy in the picture as the 'thing not like the other' you'd be right! He is the guy kicking the crud out of Myeloma and living his life. And he's never going to give up.
Keep fighting! I'm right there with you. Sean
@ 10:44 AM