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.
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.