I am not one to shy away from admitting I have absolutely no musical talent. It’s true! I would be that person clapping at a concert on the offbeat. I am that person in church two words ahead or behind of the hymn being sung because the musical notes confuse me. To me, music has just been background noise. I can’t recall the lyrics for the life of me or even who the artist is. I could hear the song twenty times and still not have the lyrics memorized.
Recently though, I was struck in the heart by a song I heard the other night. I swear it was the first time my ears heard it. Now I’m hearing it on a television commercial; apparently it has been around. For me, it was the first time I actually listened to the song.
Every year at our local Relay For Life event, the youth participate in a talent show, much of which could be considered Karaoke for Kids. Two of my favorite girls took to the stage to sing “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. They dedicated the song to their grandmas, to those they lost to cancer, and to those that need to keep fighting.
Right away I knew I was going to be in trouble. As Kylee and Kayla began belting out the words, my heart sank. The lyrics touched my soul just as these two beautiful girls touched my heart. The girls showed incredible strength and courage to get up in front of a crowd of unknowns. Many of us were in tears by the end of the song. They may not be my daughters, but I was just as proud of them as if they were.
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
As a cancer survivor this song resonated with me. Life is worth fighting for. You have the power in you to take charge and change your life. You need to continue to hope and believe in yourself when the days are challenging. These are all things that we need to do whether we are a survivor or not. We have the power to control our life; take ahold of it and move mountains!
I need to thank Kylee and Kayla for their courage in singing such a powerful song. Without their bravery, I would have not listened to the song when I needed to the most. I would probably still be humming along to the tune not knowing what the lyrics were. Not only am I a new fan of Rachel Platten’s, but I am an even bigger fan of Kylee and Kayla.
Angela Banker is a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a sister; she is also a young survivor, a caregiver, a supporter, and a fighter. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and found herself empowered to share her story to raise awareness about breast cancer. Angela participates in Relay For Life, started the Sisters Beating Breast Cancer page to inspire others, and continues to "fight like a girl" with the hope that her daughter will never have to hear the dreaded words, "You have cancer."