Thursday, October 9, 2008

Perspective

I was going to post about adjusting to life as a mom of two and the trials and tribulations I'm having, especially regarding to breastfeeding, but that doesn't seem as important now.

I just found out one of my Internet Friend's (as the hub likes to call them) cancer has come back - and has spread to her bones.

We originally met on weddingchannel.com when we were both planning weddings. We both live in the Midwest and we could commiserate on having boyfriends/husbands who were big softball players (though hers was much moreso than mine) and being a softball widow for the majority of the summer.

When the message boards on weddingchannel went down the tubes, we found each other on LiveJournal and continued our internet friendship there. We've "known" each other for more than 5 years.

She had a beautiful baby boy almost two years ago. Just over one year ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery to have it removed along with chemo and radiation. A few weeks ago, her checkup showed another mass and a biopsy revealed it was cancer. Further testing revealed it has spread to her bones.

It's just not fair. She's barely in her 30s. She's a beautiful, vivacious, caring person. Why did this have to happen to her?

We're no strangers to cancer in our family - my aunt (dad's sister) had breast cancer and my uncle (dad's brother) has had recurring issues with stomach cancer for 5-6 years. Even our dad had the beginning signs of prostate cancer and had his prostate removed. But they're all older. Not to say that makes it any better, but it shouldn't happen to someone who is so young.

It's just not fair.

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