Kitties - the Mommie here. I was not going to post while on vacation, but then realized what today was. I certainly knew that October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, because you see my sister died from breast cancer four years ago. Here is her story.
My sister, Glenda, was a young mother of two children, ages 2 and 4 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 32. She had no symptoms. Glenda had gone in to have her annual exam. She knew there was a problem when after the doctor did the regular breast exam, he paused, did it again, then said, under his breath "oh, sh*t". Within a week, Glenda had surgery to remove her breast.
The rest of this story is about Glenda's fierce battle against cancer. She survived that round, but over the next 15 years, had two other rounds with the big C. After the last time, because of the large amount of chemo necessary, her heart was damaged. She immediately went on the heart transplant list. After a couple of years of failing health, Glenda was admitted to ICU and her family was called to say goodbye. In an absolute miracle, a heart became available the next day and Glenda had a heart transplant. While her health was still comprised (don't believe what you see on TV, one does not get up and go dancing immediately after a transplant!), Glenda was given two more years of life. During this time, she got to see one of her children start college and another graduate from high school.
Glenda fought a long and hard battle with cancer. She lost a breast to it, fought out two more round with it, had a heart transplant because of it and eventually lost the battle. Or at least that is the way it looks on paper. But see, I don't see it that way. Yes, cancer did in the long run cause her death - but she refused to let it take her away from her kids when they were toddlers. She denied cancer victory when it struck again and again as the children were in elementary school. She survived a heart transplant to see her kids graduate from high school. Cancer may have taken my sister, but before it did my sister slapped it around some and made it follow her timetable.