Farewell friend

Today, Father called home my friend
One I grew up with
One I have known the longest
One that called me brother
Doesn’t He how it hurts?
Doesn’t He know we had things still to do?
Doesn’t He know the longing to hear your laugh again?
Doesn’t He?
He knows
And He has called you to take the next step with your sister and father
And He has asked me to take courage and soon we will embrace again

This week I said goodbye to my friend Marie that I have known longer than any other outside of my family. She lost her battle with cancer and passed on the anniversary of her father’s death 42 years earlier. She was 52 years young. She left behind a husband, six children, two grandchildren, and a mother.

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December 26, 2010Permalink Leave a comment

Live Strong

In May 2004, the LiveStrong bracelet campaign was started to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which is involved with cancer research. At the time, I was certainly supportive of cancer research, in fact very supportive, but did not want to be one of the masses that just jumped on the bandwagon. It was not until 2006 that the hype seemed to subside a little and I purchased my first set of bracelets for the entire family. I wore the bracelet frequently because it reminded me of how much I hate cancer and the lives it has taken and want to help support cancer research.

Why do I have such a hatred for cancer? I mean, there are so many diseases and conditions that take people’s lives, why choose cancer? It’s not like I know someone very close to me that has died of cancer. But, somehow I have always felt that of all the things that might take me or a close family member, cancer is one of the most likely culprits.

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November 28, 2010Permalink Leave a comment