As I approach my 55th birthday on March 9th, I have, like most other people my age, started to look at my life in terms of "did I make a difference" and "will I be noticed when I'm gone". I think it's fair to say that these aren't abnormal thoughts; we all have them.
I think it's also, then, fair to say that you don't have to have cured cancer for you to have made a difference in the lives of the people around you... and, therefore, yes, you will be missed when you're gone.
I'm not going to necessarily wrestle with this in depth today, but I did want to post to help you get your thoughts cookin. Drop a thought in the comments or send me an email via FB, LinkedIn or my gmail if you have it (I think it's up on the upper left hand side of this blog somewhere btw).