Houston Ford: A Change of Perspective
We all know cancer is out there, but we never think it will affect you or the ones you love. I learned only a couple of years ago how wrong that way of thinking is.
The first-time cancer entered into my life was when my AA sponsor Scotty was diagnosed with leukemia. The fact that someone I was so close to, and someone who I looked at as an extremely healthy person was sick with this disease was hard to comprehend. Shortly thereafter, cancer returned to my life in the most unexpected way possible: my mother was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer.
My initial reaction was to retreat into myself, to become selfish and to somehow make it about me. All I could think was, “How could this be happening to these people?” The only word to describe how I was feeling when I learned of these diagnoses is devastated. However, looking back it was one of the best things that could have happened to me and my family.
People often ask me, “How could I possibly be happy about cancer?” The truth is, amazing and life-changing experiences came out of it. Cancer changes lives in both good and bad ways. For me, it gave me a new perspective on life and helped shape me into a better person. Before my mom was diagnosed, I was disconnected from the reality that I would one day need to take care of my parents, and to be honest, I was a scared and selfish person. Going through the whole ordeal helped me realize so much about myself. My mom had always been the rock of our family. When the roles were reversed and it became my responsibility to take care of her, I had no choice but focus on somebody else besides me. It was a privilege to help her not because I felt obligated to, but because I wanted to. It was a true life shift and it has completely changed the decisions I make and the way I look at life.
This is not to say that the entire experience was a pleasant one. Chemotherapy was awful to watch her go through. Thankfully, the staff and nurses at MD Anderson were amazing and helped us get through the worst of it together. I will always be so appreciative for their care and support.
One of the biggest lessons I learned through my own personal experience with cancer is that it affects everyone. It’s also extremely expensive and not everyone can afford the care that is needed. That’s why it is so important to donate your time and money if you have it to organizations that strive to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families going through this horrible disease. I happen to be lucky enough to work for a company that invests in helping the community through charitable events like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, which I have participated in a few times here in Houston. At Gexa Energy, we believe that the people of Texas takes care of us as our customers, and that it is our duty and privilege to be able to help take care of them in return. As a member of Gexa’s Light The Night team, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others through this initiative.
Please help me support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk by donating towards my fundraising efforts today. You can help bring us closer to living in a world without cancers! To donate, please visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/txg/Houston17/HFord.
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