Grieving Joseph "Beau" Biden

At XY Wellness, our top priority is that you thrive on a daily basis as you face treatment or recover from treatment for prostate cancer.  But right now, we turn our attention to struggles in other parts of the body.  The White House announced yesterday that Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, died at 46 after a long, grueling battle with brain cancer. 

While there are fewer people fighting brain tumors than cancer of the prostate, brain tumors are far more lethal.  Brain surgery is—well, there’s a reason why there are no funny brain surgery jokes, and why, when someone says she’s going in for brain surgery, people don’t just pat her on the back and say, “Good luck.”  It’s extremely dangerous and, needless to say, extremely difficult.  One reason for this, I’m sure, is the fact that there are 120 different types of tumors.  According to the American Brain Tumor Association, 70,000 new people in the United States every year will be diagnosed with brain cancer, and 14,000 every year don’t make it out alive.

These numbers are much too large, but you and I know that life is not always fair, and there are so many aspects of it that are not within our control.

What struck me most when I read the news report was how Beau thrived.  In the words of the Biden family, “Beau's life was defined by service to others.”  And in the words of the President, “Beau lived a life that was full; a life that mattered; a life that reflected [the Bidens’] reverence for family.”  At XY Wellness, we believe health is more than just a bodily state.  When we tell you we want you to thrive through your illness, we don’t just mean feel good, eat well, and move around to improve your prognosis; we hope that you also take every opportunity to live a full life, a life that matters, by helping others thrive.

Because we’re all in this together.

Today we give our respects to the Biden family, and to the thousands of others who fight the good fight—sometimes a losing fight, but a valiant one nonetheless.  If you would like to learn more about brain cancer, visit the website of the American Brain Tumor Association.  In the top-right corner of the homepage you can link to their donation page.