Different yet parallel worlds. Perception versus reality.
What the public hears….
“We’re kicking ass!” - President Bush when the Australian Deputy Prime Minister asked him how the war was going.
“Because of major treatment advances, 80% of these children will survive 5 years or more. This is a huge increase from before the 1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was less than 50%.” – American Cancer Society
How survivors feel…
“I still see myself shoot the bad guy. I see a still frame of the guy halfway hitting the ground with a hole in his head. It’s like a slide show in my head I can’t stop.” – PFC Jay March, Army 2-16 Battalion
“beep (air in the line)… when you’ve almost forgotten for just one second that you’ve spent the last six months writhing in pain in a hospital bed and that the next year isn’t looking any better.”- Sebastian Gillen, childhood cancer survivor
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” – President Bush, 2003
“Although the incidence of invasive cancer in children has increased slightly over the past 30 years, mortality rates have declined by 50 percent for many childhood cancers.” – National Cancer Institute
How they feel on the front line….
"Jesus…" – Ralph Kauzlarich, US Army Lt. Col, his eyes filling with tears as he watched another soldier dying in front of his eyes
“….it is unimaginable.” - Dr. Peter Adamson, Chair of Children’s Oncology Group describing how he guides children and families when options grow short
How those left behind feel….
"F**k you.” – Sal Giunta, when asked what went through his head when notified he was going to be the first person awarded the Medal of Honor while alive
“I miss everything about you right now.” – 7 more Moms and Dads today
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