Dealing with cancer is easier than dealing with the "prayers"

I was recently diagnosed with stage III malignant Melanoma (it is in my lymph nodes) and yes it is difficult and of course I'm terrified that I might miss out on some amazing future events.  The biggest problem I am having right now is dealing with people who want to "save" me and "pray" for me.  I was actually told that without "god" I cannot be cured.  I take solace in the fact that due to my belief system I live my life and fight to live rather than pray and hope for some imaginary paradise after I die.  I have accomplished quite a bit in my life and want to be remembered for the things I did and the lives I touched, not how faithful I was to a fairytale.  I am a father, a husband, a Marine(8 yrs), a commercial deep sea diver(5 yrs) and a very successful refinery inspector.  At least those things are real.  Being an Atheist allows me to be free and actually live life.

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Comment by Ed on February 12, 2015 at 8:57am

Don,

I wish you well in your struggles to deal with the cancer.  As for those who callously remarked "that without god you cannot be cured." I would ask them what god has done for the millions of religious folk who are dying with great regularity from the disease. Their god has some shortcomings in the healing department from what I can tell.

Comment by Davis Goodman on February 13, 2015 at 5:05am

Being an Atheist allows me to be free and actually live life.

Yes.

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