Cancer Warriors Wednesday – Grieving Fallen Warriors

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing! Pat Riley

 

Monday was the saddest day I’ve known since I started blogging. In the morning, I learned that blogger Rachel Cheetham Moro of The Cancer Culture Chronicles died following a nine-year struggle with metastatic breast cancer. Later that day, more heartbreaking news. Blogger Susan Niebur of Toddler Planet passed away after a five-year struggle with inflammatory breast cancer.

Both of these women were glorious warriors and contributed mightily to the “solution of the hardest problems” – that of metastatic breast cancer. They refused to go silently into isolation or self pity. They spoke up about the need to prioritize prevention and cures over more and more “awareness.” They made sure we couldn’t look away from the truth about breast cancer – that, after 30 years of “awareness” and two billion dollars of funds raised, women are still dying from breast cancer.

Obviously their work isn’t finished. That’s why it’s up to us to stand in the gap and continue their mission. Do whatever you can. Join the Army of Women to assure that research studies into the prevention and cures of breast cancer will be populated. Donate blood. Check out Breast Cancer Action and METAvivor Research and Support Inc., two of Rachel’s favorite advocacy groups. Find a way to use your voice to continue their fight. Those of us who are still here owe it to them.

Survival > Existence,

Debbie

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Comments

 

Linda's picture

so sorry

Debbie,

So sorry that you’ve lost Rachel and Susan as partners in the fight against breast cancer; sorry for their families and friends as well as the many, many others who followed their blogs and examples.

I am sure it was a comfort to them to know that you and others continue the fight after they’ve gone.

Linda

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Debbie's picture

It’s Been Quite a Shock

Linda:

Although it was expected, it was still quite a shock. So much loss from this horrible disease…

Survival > Existence,

Debbie

 

Marnelle Dabal's picture

hi

Hi. So sorry for your lost. My Mom is a Stage 3-B Breast Cancer Survivor. She got the Medical Operation when I was about 10 yrs. Old. I’m Glad and happy to know that many women survived Cancer not only my mom. Can I asked? Do I need a Mammography? I’m so scared that I may Inherit her disease. Pls help me I’m kinda confused. Thanks!!!

Marnelle from Philippines

 

Debbie's picture

Find a Good Doctor and Get the Conversation Rolling!

Hello Marnelle:

I am so glad to hear that your mother is a cancer survivor and I hope she is doing well today. The best advice I can give you is to find a good doctor, someone you can talk to about your fears and concerns. He or she will help you decide if it is time for you to get a mammogram. Especially with a family history, the conversation you have with your doctor is so important to doing all you can to take care of yourself.

I know it’s scary, but at least getting answers will help you feel less confused and more in control of your health. It’s your body – take care of it by finding good health care today.

Take good care and I wish you all the best.

Survival > Existence,

Debbie

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