In 1988, my family was devastated by the death of my dad, who died of colon cancer at the age of 68. My brother-in-law just had surgery, and we are waiting for the results, praying that he does not have the killer in his body.
Cancer is a VERY serious matter, one that is taken very seriously by most of the world. Though some people can survive cancer, most do not.
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2009, an estimated 1,480,000 people were diagnosed with cancer. A total of 562,340 people lost their lives to the disease.
There are many different forms of cancer that kill in a verity of different ways. But none of them are any good, and no one is ever happy getting the news they have it.
Cancer is something that has affected almost everyone in this country in one way or another. It is nothing to joke about and it's a topic that should be taken as seriously as any other topic that I can think of.
Apparently, to Texans LB Brian Cushing, he would rather use it as an excuse.
It was revealed that Cushing will be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season for testing positive for the substance, hCG. There are a couple ways of testing positive for this.
1. It is used as a masking agent for steroids, and to assist in avoiding testicular shrinkage.
2. A cancerous tumor in the testicles that produces the hCG.
During his press conference discussing his positive test, Mr. Cushing claimed that he thought he may have had a tumor and spent the rest of the season worrying about it.
According to Dr. Gary Wadler (per profootballtalk.com) if Cushing had this type of tumor, there would be no way for him to be playing in the NFL, he would be in treatment.
IF, Cushing thought he had a tumor, the Texans medical staff needs to step in and give us the results of the MRIs and blood tests that were taken to try and find this tumor.
If it was not the medical staff that Cushing was using, he needs to give his doctor clearance to release all information that is associated with any tests that may have been done to either find, or locate, any cancer that Cushing may have had.
The reality is, Cushing never at any point thought he had cancer. He was taking steroids, trying to mask them, and got caught. PERIOD!
Instead of acting like a man, he is trying to hide behind a false story, that can easily be proven true or false, if Cushing will allow any (if there are) medical records to be released.
Cushing has already stated that he took a lie detector test that showed he did not use drugs. Another sad excuse.
Cushing needs to grow up and become a man. He is making himself out to be a liar and someone that can not be trusted.
From all of us out here that are survivors of a loss to cancer, shame on you Brian Cushing. You are an embarrassment to the uniform you wear, Texans fans, and everyone in the NFL, fans included.
UPDATE: For those of you that may care, my brother in law, as mentioned above, has the results from the doctor, and is cancer free. Thanks for the support!