If we’re fortunate to live long enough and to love and be loved, than at one time or another, we will experience loss. The death of a loved one can be painful and traumatizing.  It’s true that death is a part of life.  To not accept death comes with a mess of psychological issues.  But, just because it is healthy to accept the idea that one-day everyone dies, that does not mean we don’t have some say in the matter. 

We do have some control that we should not give away, deny or ignore.  Death is an inevitability we can’t change.  Cancer and other diseases do not have to be.  We can fight, delay, and we can beat cancer.  We can improve the quality of life.  Of these things, I have no doubt!

We can accept death without being so quick to give in to it: To say, “what will be will be” or “if it happens it happens”.  In a way, this apathy has contributed to the exponential rise in disease diagnosis and death.  We can turn that around by getting involved.  Trust me, it is far better to fight the disease before you get it than after.

Difference makers will profile people who do not accept the inevitability of disease.  Or who responded to a diagnosis or loss by fighting back.  The truth is, on some level, we can all make a difference.

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This isn’t about turning over your life or obsessing about disease prevention.  However, by simply being aware, spreading a message, making your voice heard, utilizing special skills you may have, you can help make a difference in the lives of millions of people.  And perhaps most importantly to you, you can make a difference in the life of someone you love, or even your own.

So pick a cause.  Maybe like me it is cancer.  Or heart disease, or Alzheimers, sadly there is many to choose from.  Throw a fundraiser, participate in a walk for a cure, like and follow some pages on social media, sign online petitions you believe in, and if you can spare a few bucks, make a donation.  Social media tells me that many of you have a few minutes here and there to get involved and be a difference maker!

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing!  Every little bit counts and helps!

If you’re not sure what to do, you can reach out to organizations like Livestrong, Standup To Cancer, or cancer.net. 

To get you started, here are links to the facebook pages of several cancer organizations.Pick one a week, like/follow it on social media and invite five of your friends to do the same.

In good health!