How Much Do You Value Friendships?

Are friendships important to you? Hopefully, they are! Friendships take some time and effort, and I believe that having friends is more important than ever! In this “new world ” of division, having friends is the greatest step to unity in this country, the United States of America, and the world! Instead of the “new normal” being red and blue, Democrat and Republican, vaxxers, and non-vaxxers, wouldn’t it be better if we treated people like human beings with compassion, respect, and love?

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Mark Kageyama
Mark Kageyamahttps://www.caringbridge.org/visit/markkageyama
My name is Mark Kageyama. I live in Southern California, USA. I am married, to my wonderful wife Beth, and I have two amazing daughters, Lisa and Tani. At the beginning of 2021, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, in my bones, prostate, and my lungs. I made a very important determination at the beginning of my journey: I will be healthy, I will survive, and I will be positive every day! I am so incredibly blessed to be able to open my eyes every day! I truly appreciate the simple things in life: being able to walk outside my front door, experience nature, and all of the amazing things that our planet has to offer! This year I have gone through numerous inhumane, invasive procedures including lung and bone scans and biopsies, MRIs, ultrasounds, chemotherapy, etc. I have a CaringBridge Site, where I share my cancer journey. This site has taken a tremendous burden off of me, as far as sharing my cancer journey with family and friends. I also started a YouTube channel called 2BYourOwnHero, to share my journey, as well as, and more importantly, I want to help people appreciate their life, appreciate their health, and embrace their opportunities. I figured that there wouldn't be many stage 4 cancer patients who would be willing to share their stories with the public. I talk about the cancer battle, positive attitude, gratitude, and many other subjects which I hope to inspire people with. Every other Thursday, at 9:00 AM PST, my friend Katie Gasparri and I put on a presentation called the "Cancer Conquering Community" on the Clubhouse app. We are forming a community of cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, and concerned people who are interested in learning more about cancer. Please join us!


  1. Dear Mark, I agree. Genuine friendships carry us through the most traumatic of times. Family is key to closeness and support, but friendships are special as they are not automatic; not through genes, but created out of interaction, like-mindedness, kindness and generosity of spirit.

    There is a lot going on in the world today, but as you say, ‘compassion, respect and love’ are key to delivering potential emancipation. Natural and genuine kindness is also essential, however challenging it would be.

    Creating empathy with anti-vaxxers? The last words spoken by an anti-vaxxer in the UK, was to spread the word that he was wrong. Perhaps seeking forgiveness?

    A hearty and genuine welcome to you Mark.