When her mother/best friend was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, they thought their lives were over. Her mother always insisted that she would NEVER endure the torture her Grandmother, who had been diagnosed back in the 1970’s, had experienced. Through gentle persuasion, they convinced her that treatment had changed drastically since then and she decided to fight.

Fight it she did and was cancer free . . . until she was diagnosed with a second primary cancer – pancreatic which had already metastasized to her liver. According to the doctors, this was very rare. They gave her three to five months to survive and called upon Hospice. She fought hard and, in fact, beat the odds given to her. She was a real champ who did not want to leave her daughter behind.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING . . . 

Zulham: Essays like this are so important to broadening people’s horizons.

Beatriz: If only there were more clever people like you!

Shoxy: It’s about time someone wrote about this.

Bisma: I remember like it was yesterday when I finished my radiation treatments at Mass General that I cried in the waiting room before my last treatment. I gave gifts to all the nurses, had lunch with my friends that I saw for the past 6 weeks, every day, and we celebrated and cried at the same time. I was depressed because it had become my daily routine, I enjoyed the beautiful mile walk during lunch (it was the most exercise I had had at that time). That was 5 1/2 years ago. A year ago my co-worker started her radiation at the same hospital, mentioned my name, and the nurses claim they remembered me with my radiation buddy Karen. I was completely shocked they are remarkable women and men that work in the cancer industry and have hearts larger than the universe.

Missi: That’s really thinking at an impressive level!

Ceria: For those of us who were alongside, helping you go through the various rounds of chemo, radiation, hospitalizations, surgery, etc., you absolutely demonstrated courage and, certainly, your faith. I suppose if we ever allowed ourselves, we could shiver in fear almost every day, not knowing what the future holds. You never wavered in your conviction that God was carrying you through the ordeal, whatever the outcome. That is something that must be realized every day!

Dillinger: The truth just shines through your word!

Celine: Challenges!  We all travel through such an unpredictable journey throughout our lives; with Love, Hope and Passion being amongst our deepest drives. We long to find purpose and peace of mind.  To seek out those we can trust and who are inherently kind. But in our hopes of finding such happiness life unexpectedly throws a challenge our way. A challenge so difficult it makes us wonder where our faith and trust will lay. Bravery is something we have when we stand up to our fears.  Strength, however, is what will carry us through troubles and tears. It may not be all that important where we started from, but it is perhaps more important the person we will become. And that we have grown to be even stronger and braver than ever before. So give yourself some well-deserved credit for all that you had to endure. One of the most positive things about these challenges is to share them and help others in need ~ And you’ll soon find out that this is one of the most precious gifts you could ever receive. Life’s lessons come in all kinds of packages we must try to unfold, figuring out much on our own that we were never told. Never, ever stop trusting in yourself and what you can achieve. The only thing that really matters in this life is what your heart chooses to believe. Sincerely, Ca from NY xxoo I write these to give myself strength as well!!

Marcin: Absolutely! Just found out a person close to me has breast cancer. I and all my friends are doing the breast cancer walk again this year! Hopefully, this continues to raise the awareness of breast cancer or any cancer for that matter!

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