Where were you a decade ago? Ten years ago, I was a mom to two cute young girls (I still would have my precious little boy), I was perfectly happy with my job (although my wish of being a Stay At Home Mom has been my forever wish, even ten years ago), I have a wonderful husband, my mom was still around. My life was just starting to begin.
Sadly, for one high school friend, her life had come to an end. Because of breast cancer.
I have never really known her pain, although I have heard about how she accepted everything with grace. Many times, she may have felt angry and wondered why she had to suffer much while the rest of us led our perfectly normal lives. But, having cancer never made her felt defeated. It made her hopeful. Her family made her believe she would be cured. Sadly, it was not meant to be. The following year after she moved on, her mother passed away, and in 2011, her sister also died from breast cancer. An aunt of hers also succumbed from the same disease. It pains me to think how one family can lose four beautiful women to cancer.
Somehow, knowing that somebody your age; with a child, a family, with dreams, wishes, goals and aspirations like yours, would go too soon; would practically turn your life around. I shed tears for her, myself, her child and her family. I began to take care of my body seriously, subject myself to annual physical exams (physical exams for women like mammograms and pap smears can be pure torture), and I began eating healthy food.
Sometimes I question if trying to live healthy is the cure to becoming cancer-free. Persons I love who are practically in the best of health became cancer victims, like my friend Gee who died of colon cancer a year ago and my dad, who is still bravely fighting prostate cancer for two years now. I still have to understand why my high school friend, who has no previous family history of cancer, will have her, her mom, her aunt and her sister die of it.
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Hopefully, and I say this with a lot of optimism, in the future, parents won’t need to bury their children, children won’t have to grow up without the loving guidance of their moms and children won’t need to go through the pain of watching how their mom or dad are suffering. Hopefully, in the future, we can defeat the big C.