New Year’s Wishes 2016

Bob Riter
Bob Riter

I’d like to give myself a magic wand at this time of the year to grant wishes to those affected by cancer. This was a wish list I put together in 2015, yet it is still relevant. Maybe this will be the year my wishes come true!

Here are my wishes for the upcoming year:

  • I wish that our friends and acquaintances would stop giving us advice.
  • I wish that bake sales and chicken barbecues to raise money for people with cancer weren’t necessary.
  • I wish that people with cancer weren’t beaten over the head with the importance of positive thinking.
  • I wish that every employee in every hospital and doctor’s office greeted each patient and family member with a smile and kind word.
  • I wish that modest advances in cancer research weren’t portrayed as major breakthroughs in the popular media.
  • I wish that people with cancer didn’t make treatment decisions based on old information and long-held assumptions.
  • I wish that everyone with cancer felt comfortable expressing their actual wishes, without being influenced by family members or caregivers.
  • I wish that more people received hospice care earlier than in their last week or two of life.
  • I wish that people didn’t make treatment decisions clouded by anxiety and/or depression.
  • I wish that people with lung cancer weren’t asked, “Did you smoke?”
  • I wish that everyone with cancer felt a connection to a community.

I know that these wishes won’t all come true in the next year, but I remain the optimist.

Reprinted with Permission from the Ithaca Journal
Publication Date: December 28, 2015

Bob Riter is the Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. He can be reached at [email protected]

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