For dads here, and dads who are not….
My son lost his dad to prostate cancer about 2 years ago. My son is a strong young man, but this was one of the hardest things he’s ever faced. I am glad I can be there for him, and glad I can be with him on this coming Father’s Day. And I am so, so glad for all the memories we can hold onto, and all the years he had with his father, knowing that his dad lived many, many years longer than he was expected to. I am glad for all these things.
I know his father is still with us in ways I cannot explain, or fully understand. But I know it is true somehow. Even though we all had some very rough times together, his kindness and his strong loving heart are the things that linger. It is as if that’s all he is now – just goodness. These things are hard to explain, but my heart seems to understand them somehow.
So for all of the people out there who struggle with Father’s Day because your father may be gone, look for a good memory and hold onto it. You will make it stronger, and it will make you stronger. Maybe it’s a good day to pull out old photos and reminisce about the good times.
And for all those people who still have their fathers, enjoy the day and make more memories. No matter what the relationship is, hold onto something good. You will make it stronger, and it will make you stronger.
Happy Father’s Day, everyone. From the world of patients who are often fathers…
VP of Advocacy & Education