Monday, April 12, 2010
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Christmas of 2008, I was flying high. I had a relatively new job that I was loving. My daughter was about to turn one. My mom was in town for the birthday celebration and for Christmas. We had all the kids’ gifts bought and it was going to be a great holiday.
We also got a new big screen but that is neither here nor there.
My precious Aunt Laura had been having some health issues that doctor’s were having trouble getting a hold of. I had known about it when I had seen her a few months before but by Thanksgiving she seemed to (maybe?) feeling a little better. My mom had casually mentioned to me that she was going to be tested for cancer but it shouldn’t amount to anything.
Here are some pictures of my aunt and me at my wedding.
Look at my aunt. Isn't she gorgeous?
Then, while my mom was in town, we got a frantic phone call from my grandmother. Not only was it cancer but it was the worst possible news we could have imagined. Started in her breast and had metastasized to her bones and other areas and organs.
No one in my family had been diagnosed with cancer before. In fact, I was so brazen to be almost confident about the fact that no one in MY family had ever been diagnosed with cancer before. That was something that affected other families. Not mine. But now, I was scared. My mom was scared. My grandparents were devastated. And I couldn’t imagine how my aunt and uncle were feeling. Not mention their three kids who were 19, 14, and 12 at the time. My baby cousin ( I can still her call her my “baby cousin” at 19, right?) was in her freshmen year of college. Think about your freshmen year of college. I cannot imagine being slammed with sort of devastating information at anytime but much less when you’re trying to figure yourself out and you’re not living close to home.
After the diagnosis, people went into action. Prayers, meal, money, gift cards, gift baskets, were all given. Family was in and out of the house helping out as much as was needed. And it was needed. My aunt had a massive fight in front of her. We are so thankful for her doctors that wanted to CURE her and not just TREAT her. Not that it was/is easy, in anyway. The first few months of chemo were more rough than anything I could ever imagine. But how fortunate we are to live in a time when the thought of curing cancer is something doable.
Everyone knows cancer is scary. I think if you asked any given woman what her greatest fear is, one of the top ones would be being diagnosed with breast cancer. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. That’s a friend. That’s a relative. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest non-profit breast cancer organization and they have invested almost $1.5 billion in cancer research and community programs. Think about the pink ribbon. You know what it means, don’t you?
That’s what we want. That’s why we fight. That’s what my Aunt Laura will be. Today she’s doing great. She’s feeling healthy and more importantly, she’s feeling hopeful.
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