Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness - Friends

October is both Family History Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month I will be writing about how breast cancer has affected my family. Please join me in raising breast cancer awareness by writing about how breast cancer has affected you and yours.

I have known far too many women who have had breast cancer. It really strikes close to home when a co-worker or someone else you know disappears from your life to battle the disease. But there is an unfortunate "out of sight, out of mind" mentality when it comes to someone you don't know well.

Harder still is when breast cancer strikes your best friend. You worry and wait. You pray. You bake. You pray some more. In the case of my best friend it seems that the battle has been won. Yet there is always that worry in the back of your mind that cancer will once again rear it's ugly head.

Understandably my friend would like to retain her privacy and so I will not write her story here for all the world to see. However her life and mine are so intertwined that my story is not complete without hers and I think it is important to record it for future generations to find when we are gone. I am hoping that her cancer is but a tiny part of our story together and that we live to have many more adventures.

Have you recorded those special friendships or will future generations be wondering why there are 600 photographs of someone that they can't seem to find in the family tree?

1 comment:

GrannyPam said...

What a good question. We have photos and graduations announcements and other items we received from the children of a dear friend who passed away years ago. Although it was another type of cancer, our grandchildren would not know about our connection to this family, or the meaning of these items to me.