Protect the remaining 5 cancer ward beds at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Anita Kanitz
May 6, 2021
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
― Bill Keane

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner

"Be the hope you want to see. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live. Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest. Don’t look back. You’re not going that way. Anywhere is paradise; it’s up to you.”
-Anita Kanitz

"Staying positive while recovering from cancer and tumor disease, like I was from a brain tumor, is easier said than done for any cancer and tumor survivor. Even with the cancer in your presence, things can and will change for the better.
Just as you can choose to be afraid of the future, you can choose to believe that the future is filled with hope.
If you worry, it's only because you are human, but that doesn't mean you can't face whatever scares you with a healthy dose of courage.
Adversity builds strength. While these moments are some of the most difficult in our lives, it is suffering that shapes us into the most robust version of ourselves. You won't always meet people who treat you with compassion, respect, support and friendship. It can happen to you that you encounter exactly the opposite, as in my case. That people think they don't need to be considerate anymore because you will die anyway. Often times, in difficult times, you learn painfully who your friends really are is or who is the opposite.
Life is filled with many different moments. Even though we can enjoy the pleasant and comfortable moments, the moments that require us to be the bravest version of ourselves are the ones that change us for the better.
Nobody is prepared to have cancer. This unwelcome diagnosis often feels like an attack.
You never know how strong you are until you are forced to be it, for yourself and for everyone who loves you and to whom you are worth something as a person.
I was so surprised by the diagnosis that I only reacted because everything happened so damn fast, far too fast.
I was said for life that I am a strong woman. But I think it just takes perseverance to persevere. My diagnosis was damn critical, I settled everything before the operation, in a fast-track process. There was no time for tears, not even to think. It wasn't until much later that I thought about it and realized that nothing is safe in life and that we all have to live as if each day were our last.
The ones, the female cancer patients, I met on the ward are left behind, none of these brave women are still alive. I will always remember them with gratitude, because even though they were sick themselves, they gave me strength and confidence.
It is very likely that you came out with greater mental strength than you knew. "
-Anita Kanitz

“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.” – Joseph Campbell

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Maori Proverb

“Yes, I have cancer and it might not go away, but I can still have a future because life goes on.” – Kris Carr

None of us is an island! From one day to the next everything suddenly changes! The tumor diagnosis and the cancer diagnosis hit you, the people you value and love, out of the sky like a lightning strike and from now on the people around you will change too. Those who call you friends, even close relatives, may suddenly turn away from you and give up on you or those close to you who are affected by the disease. You will get help and support from people you never have expected and you will be abandoned by those you have never expected.It can also be that even doctors give up on you prematurely and leave you and yours to fate, it is important to always secure further diagnoses and therapies, it is even essential for survival. Here, too, I speak from the bitterest experience
There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark the path is. We only find out how strong we really are when we have to be strong, for ourselves and for others.
When fighting doesn't help anymore, we have to accept that the end of the way has come for us and the people we love and cherish. Then the rest of life should be spent as comfortably as possible, we should spare ourselves and the loved one from further tortures. I speak here from the saddest experience. I am myself am a tumor patient and have lost loved ones, relatives, friends and close people by the cruel illness.
Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.Remember that in the darkest hours of life!

Worldwide facts about cancer:

According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in 2018 there were 17.0 million new cancer cases and 9.5 million cancer deaths worldwide. By 2040, the global burden is expected to grow to 27.5 million new cancer cases and 16.3 million cancer deaths simply due to the growth and aging of the population. The future burden will probably be even larger due to increasing prevalence of factors that increase risk, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and fewer childbirths, in economically transitioning countries.
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. There are over 100 types of cancer, and any part of the body can be affected.
The most common cancers diagnosed in men are prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers. For women, the 3 most common cancers are breast, lung, and colorectal.
Childhood cancers account for 1 percent of all new cancer diagnoses. In 2018, about 15,590 children and teens ages (ages 0-19) were diagnosed with cancer. Although uncommon, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally -- it accounts for 1 in 6 deaths around the world.

Like all of us, I am affected by many cancer deaths in my family, in the circle of relatives, friends and colleagues.
My best female friend died 6 years ago of lung cancer and brain tumor, at the time I was struggling to survive with a dangerous brain tumor.
My cousin died of blood cancer at the age of 9, several uncles and great uncles from brain and lung cancer. My great aunt died of colon cancer, other great aunts from breast and abdominal cancer, and my grandfather from liver and lung cancer. My brother had been treated for testicular cancer for years.
My father-in-law and my husband's god-uncle had dangerous prostate cancer.
As we all know, there is unfortunately a familial predisposition to cancer and tumor diseases, which has not yet been adequately clarified scientifically.
Tons of sums of money are spent on wars and conflicts, but not on cancer and tumor research, although there have long been millions of deaths around the world.
The super-rich, the politicians, the celebrities like to pose in front of cameras and pull out checks that are too media-effective for sums that are simply ridiculous for their standards.
Reach out to these thoughtless people who don't think about the people affected by cancer and tumor diseases.
If we want to defeat cancer, everyone has to stand together because cancer can hit anyone, absolutely anyone.

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Kristina Davies
2 years ago
Need the ward not everyone can get to the Royal need access in the suburbs to

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Konstantina Antoniou
2 years ago
Tina Antoniou

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Conny Fishlock
3 years ago
A lot of people are suffering from this disease. Closing them down will make the wait for treatment etc longer which people cannot wait for.

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Rachele Barbaro
3 years ago
The beds are desperately needed...cancer patients need that service

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Margaret Weeks
3 years ago
I am a cancer survivor

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Dianne Hurrell
3 years ago
We need our QEH hospital for all care. Do not close any of it please. Just upgrade it

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Steve Higg
3 years ago
QEH needs to listen to the people

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Bruce Hambour
4 years ago
We need more in the QEH, not less. Bring us back what has been taken away and the REPAT as well.

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Courtney Mullen
4 years ago
I believe the queen Elizabeth hospital is important to all the local residents that require the treatment and compassion that the staff there show and taking more beds away is taking away treatment options for those residents that need it. Cancer would be hard enough to go through but having to seek treatment further away is detrimental to patients and their chances of recovery who also need family support closer to home. .I hope the government can put themselves in the shoes of these families and acknowledge how important 5 beds are amd tjr difference they make. The health revamp has cost enough loss of services. It needs to stop. They should be expanding bed availability not taking yet more beds away again. Its not fair and its unjust. I feel the lives it can save important and the excuse of "its only 5 beds " is not acceptable. Lives matter more.