What does Spider-Man mean to you? Everyone has a different answer to that question, and this recent post on our message board really make me think about the question. In that post Chi-Town Spidey talked about how the character helped him battle lukemia. Chi-Town is from Chicago and the motto of “With great power, must also come great responsibility,” helped him put the disease into remission.
I’m going to get a bit personal. In 2004 this Spider-Fan went through his own big fight. My genes mutated inside my body and developed leukemia. It’s a blood cancer. I was fighting for my life, my chance to live. I was fighting my Venom. Laying in the hospital, besides the doctors, nurses, support from family and little friends, it was Spider-Man that pulled me through. He has been in so many life threatening situations, battered, broken, bruised, emotional worn down, too tired, yet he remembered that lesson, that one thing that kept him going..so he gave it all his best and more, he didn’t give up, his powers helped him but it was that mindset that got him through. That’s Spider-Man to me. So if he could do it, SO COULD I. I fought! I had to! No choice, people were counting on me! My fiancee’ was counting on me. I needed to do it for them, I needed to do if for me. The pain was too much, I was tired, sick, sore, alone at times, frustrated, but it didn’t stop me. I HAD to go on. It’s something Spider-Man would do, my first name is Peter, good enough for me, so I kept on fighting.
He’s a cosplayer and does Spidey justice. So feel free to reply here in the comments or reply on the message board thread about what Spidey means to you. Thanks to George for finding this post.