and then she snapped: cancer sucks

cancer sucks




You know how I feel about cancer. I f$@*ing hate cancer. I'm pretty sure you feel the same way. I bet it would be damn hard to find anybody whose life hasn't been impacted in some way by this awful disease. For me, it was losing my aunt Bev. She was an amazing woman, and fought the good fight. She was diagnosed with breast cancer originally, in 1994. She had a double masectomy and got saline implants so she would still have boobs. She was hilarious about her boobs. She never wore a bra after she got her fake boobs, and liked to tell me that, "you know, I don't even have to WEAR a bra!". She would lift her shirt and show the girls to you if you asked. She went through chemo, lost her hair, and remained amazing throughout. She beat cancer that time, and went on to be the most amazing neighbor and "Nana" to Grace and Camden. In October 2007 she was diagnosed again. This time with cancer of unknown origin, which means that it had metastisized (spread) but they didn't know from where. (The doctors did not think it originated from her breast cancer). They gave her 3-6 months to live, but she fought it again. She went through chemo again, and daily radiation, and numerous surgeries and a couple hospital stays. I joined her at her doctor appointments, went with her to chemo. She always insisted she didn't need me to, but can you imagine? She beat the odds and lived another 15 months, until February 2, 2009. She was really a fantastic woman. She was funny, (sometimes on purpose, and sometimes not), my neighbor, my friend, my aunt, my shopping buddy (she liked shoes and purses as much as I do)! She loved me lots, and I felt it. I really do miss her.





  • Every day cancer kills 1,500 Americas -- one person every minute
  • 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get some form of cancer in their lifetimes.
  • Every year, cancer kills more than 560,000 Americans and amost eight million people worldwide.
If you can afford it, would you make a donation to your favorite cancer charity? How can you afford not to?

My prayer is that we will find a cure for cancer. Soon.




This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. But all opinions herein are my own. Obviously.

22 comments:

  1. Love you! If you hold cancer down, I will kick cancer in the nuts. Hard.

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  2. cancer does suck. i'm really sorry you lost your aunt. :(

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  3. Cancer is a tough thing... my dad's mom died from lung cancer, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer about 3 years ago (beat it), my grama had a cancerous lump removed from her breast about 10 years ago (as far I'm aware, she's been good since) and my great grandmother died from breast cancer. I miss my dad's mom every day, and I'm glad my mom and grama are still around.

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  4. i miss auntie bev :( she asked me if i wanted to see her boobs once, right after she got the implants... I didn't even have my own boobs yet, so i said "no thanks!"
    bev was so awesome and so funny... i loved her signature chuckle :)

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  5. What wonderful pictures of an incredible woman. I am so glad I knew her. Did you know she used to clean my mom's house? She was so wonderful with mom...we all loved her.

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  6. Hi Rachel,

    Great to hear the story of Bev and stumble on your blog! Have you heard about the non-profit org FAMEDs as the only patient advocate group fighting the FDA to continue to allow Avastin to be used by 17,500 women with metastatic breast cancer performing well on the drug? Please sign and share the urgent petition: http://fameds.org/petition.php

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  7. those statistics freak. me. out. cancer really does suck.

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  8. Cancer does suck! My Granny who is only 61 years young is losing her battle with Melanoma. Sadly it has spread to her brain and doctors have given her just 2 weeks. I don't think its fair for anyone to tell you that you are about to 'expire' as my Granny says. We are throwing her a benefit though on June 11th, I'm hoping she can fight till then.

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  9. I pray for the same thing! Cancer hits every life I know...it down right SUCKS!!!! Lovely post. I know you made her smile big today.

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  10. Aw Rach, what a beautiful tribute. Your Aunt Bev was one gorgeous lady, and so lucky to have known you. As you know, my mom is a breast cancer survivor. It's an ugly disease. So happy to see you fighting the good fight. Love you.

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  11. What an amazing woman. Cancer sucks. Hugs to you.

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  12. This post brought tears to my eyes. I'm sorry about your Aunt. That must of been so hard.
    My fiancée has cancer and the past year has been horrible. I always say Cancer and SUCK IT!! Watching the pain that Mr.B(my fiancée) goes through everyday makes me want cry. So many people are impacted by this horrible disease.

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  13. Cancer sucks. Lost a couple family members and friends to it as well. So sorry about your aunt, great pictures of her, y'all look so happy. And love the dude in the t-shirt with the picture of the other dude ... is he flipping off cancer?!

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  14. ((HUGS)) and yup....cancer does suck!

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  15. I remember at 18 hearing my mum tell me she has cancer .. We sat in the car and cried for ages. I am so grateful that my mum was able to kick her cancer up the bum and is once again absolutly healthy. I can't imagine my life without her and I'm so sorry to hear about your loss x x x

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  16. I'm sorry to hear about your aunt. She looks like a wonderful woman! Cancer most certainly does suck. I lost my dad to lung cancer and my mom is a survivor of breast cancer. Most recently a sweet neighbor of mine lost her battle. Her husband seems lost without her. :(

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  17. Your Aunt Bev sounds amazing.

    We just lost Mom to cancer 2 months ago, so we are still reeling from how tough that is.

    Thanks for sharing your Aunt Bev with us.

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  18. Going to try again. Anyone who ever met Bev loved her. She was a saint here on earth. Bev was such an inspiration and help to my mom when my mom was losing her battle with lymphoma. I am sure they are up in heaven having a great time!

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  19. Hugs to you and here is to a time when there is no more cancer.

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  20. I love this story, not the parts of it that are obviously heart-wrenching, but the parts that touched my heart and made me tear up over what a lovely woman your aunt was - and how strong and brave she was. Thank you for sharing this.

    Angie

    (visiting from, not sure from where, I've clicked all kinds of things and somehow ended up here. Glad I did.) :)

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  21. Praying right along with you! I can't think of anyone that this disease has not touched in some way or another.

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