Posts Tagged ‘cancer survival’

45,700 – the number of women in UK who are diagnosed with breast cancer in UK every year.

30-50 – the percentage risk of my tumour recurring in my breast if I did not have radiotherapy.

75 – the percentage of women diagnosed with breast cancer in UK who now survive more than 10 years.

1600 – the number of people known to have been killed in the latest floods in Pakistan.

14 million – the number of people whose livelihood has been affected by the Pakistan floods.

1500 – the number of women who die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications every day; most occur in developing countries and most are avoidable.

3 million – the number of newborn babies who die every year.

36 – the age of Dr KarenWoo when she was shot in Afghanistan this month while working for a christian charity; two weeks before her wedding day.

327 – the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Being diagnosed with cancer launched me into a world of risk statistics. Numbers linked to life and death. My cancer and my chances of survival are expressed in numbers, yet none is specific to me nor guarantees anything.

I hear it all as gobbledygook.

“Numbers don’t win a battle.” — C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia)

What I do know is that I have 100% certainty of dying at some point.

In the 10 months since my diagnosis my ears have been opened to the numbers linked to other people’s suffering and death. I share their vulnerability and I have a heightened awareness of the privilege of life and health.

For that, and what I am free to enjoy today, I am truly thankful.


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