Sunday, October 09, 2005
The Nature of the Beast
There are times that no matter how positive I try to remain, my heart is heavy from all things cancer. It is just the nature of the beast. I understand the cycle of life and I understand the statistics. It doesn't make it any easier to understand or accept. I want to thank some people for having the courage to tell their story and for bringing light to something formerly only talked about in hushed whispers. Sadly, their story has come to an end. I have never personally met these people outside of Internet, but their lives have touched me.

J's Daughter shared the story of her mom's battle with ovarian cancer. The relationship she shared with her mother was beautiful and she let us see the pain, the hope, the desperation, and the love. Thank you for sharing your mother's legacy with us all.

Mom's Recovery is also a family's story. When their mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, the son wrote a comic strip (which is becoming a book) and the daughter wrote a screenplay. The family commitment is a testament to love. They have beautifully supported one another while helping to create a legacy for their mom and enlightening so many others in the process.

Margaret's Life sadly ended today. She was 22 and had battled ovarian cancer three times. She had a beautiful smile and a tremendous faith that she shared in her writing even in her last post written on Saturday. There was something about Margaret that drew you to her, even across the Internet. I think I will always remember her smile.

If you feel it in your heart to offer some kind words, please follow the links to their sites. I hope we all take a moment to recognize the frailty of life, hug those we love, and cast all regrets aside. Life is about loving boldly, without fear, every moment.
Written by Jeannette Vagnozzi
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