Cancer took my grandmother. Not immediately, but slowly over the years, draining her strength and sucking the life out of her. It changed her from one of the most engaging, charismatic people I've ever known, the life of any party, to someone who lost the willpower to even get out of bed. In my mind I fight to erase that image of my bedridden grandmother and focus on the one who friends would want to come hang out with because she was just so much fun.
In the past year, so many of us have lost loved ones and are left with only memories. While COVID-19 has touched millions of Americans, one of its worst side effect has been an interruption in screening and care for cancer, condemning many to the same fate my grandmother endured. As we bring the pandemic to heel, we must redouble efforts to expand and improve cancer care.