Emily takes us on a philosophical journey as she remembers her Aunt Darquise.
My aunt Darquise was my mom’s older sister. She always smiled and had a great laugh. And she was brave, because she went through a lot of tough stuff, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer. She did treatments for nearly two years until the cancer was finally gone, but it came back and she put up a good fight until the treatments stopped working.
Mom told me my aunt was afraid at first, but then she went to church for counseling, and the priest assured her everything was alright. My aunt died peacefully and quietly, knowing she was fine.
It doesn’t matter if heaven exists or not. Dying itself is just part of the natural recycling process of life. It works the same way a lot of things do. The leaves that fall from the trees shrivel and turn into soil, which allows for more plants to grow. The waves of the water flow in and out, We inhale, and then we exhale. Our bodies thrive and then pass away.
I love life when I remember it’s simplicity and it’s miraculous beauty.
Where does one begin when fear overtakes logic? What is it about the word ‘cancer’ that invokes such negative feelings? Why me?Marilyn Abram shares with us the challenging questions that can arise when facing the diagnosis of breast cancer.
I was diagnosed almost 18½ years ago with a small lump in my breast picked up by a mammogram. The doctor assured me that in 85% of the cases the lump would prove to be benign, but he recommended a lumpectomy. I went through the pre-op tests and a surgical date was arranged to extract the small lump. An appointment was made two weeks later for the diagnosis.
The day of reckoning came and I went rather confidently to the hospital feeling that nothing was out of the ordinary. When the doctor/surgeon read the pathological report he was concerned at what it revealed and wanted to go back in and check my lymph nodes. Read the rest of this entry »
I have been a supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for three years since my aunt passed away from breast cancer in 2006. I watched her fight for her life. It was devastating to watch and harder to come to terms with. I didn’t want other women or my family members to have to live with breast cancer. I want a cure and if I can help in a small way, I will, from fundraising to awareness!
Churchill Public School Principal David Farrow challenged his students to raise $10,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. If they succeeded, he would dine on deep fried worms!
Students from the St Clement’s Run team received a special surprise when they collected their award at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure 2009 – the guest presenters were the Jonas Brothers!
Since 2004, St. Clement’s School has been the top fundraising school for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. This year, we also set a new school record for the number of participants! Our team was 240 members strong and we raised $27,000.00. On October 2, 2009, the entire school showed their support by wearing pink. Everyone outfitted themselves in their finest pink clothing and donated $2.00 toward the school team. Read the rest of this entry »
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