August 20, 2012

Cancer


 






The word “Cancer
 
It makes me shutter, It makes me want to cry, it makes me so sad to know that someone’s life is about to change in the biggest way possible.

Cancer has a way of coming into our lives, unannounced and very much unwelcome.

When I was growing up and I remember my best friend’s mum being diagnosed with cancer, going home to mum and asking her to explain to me what that meant and her telling me just what that did mean for my best friend and her mum. I remember being very sad and thinking “How does this happen” “Why does this happen” and being angry for my best friend, that she may loose her mum before she grew old.
I had never heard of cancer before and I didn’t really know much about it. I was about 14 or 15 from memory.  Sadly my best friends mum did die, a few years later not long after we turned 21. I didn’t know how to comfort my friend and I didn’t know what to say. So I chose to say nothing, instead I turned up to my best friend’s house with a single red rose and gave it to her and just hugged her. It was not until many years later that she told me it was the most perfect thing I could have done.

As the years have gone by and cancer has since touched my life more times than I can now count, I often remember back to that time in my life where I was innocent of this most horrible disease known to mankind. I wish we could find a cure and rid the world of Cancer.

Then just over 4 years ago, my life was again touched with Cancer, but this time it was a very close friend of mine "a sister" one of our own, one of our very dear friends and when I tell you this rocked our world, this rocked our world like our world had ever been rocked before.  This amazing lady was not just one of my best friends from our circle of friends. But we are all as close as sister’s. We are to each other, the family you choose to have.  We cried, we screamed and we did everything we could to make sure she kept her strength to fight this bloody cruel horrible disease and you know what she did… She has fought the fight, of chemo and radiation and brain radiation and then everything else that the doctors and specialists threw at her, she never complained (well not much really) she just fought the biggest fight of her life. As her friends we were with her when we could be and when we couldn’t we would skype, call and text her, we made sure she was never alone. Her family looked after her children and our best friend. Their world as ours stood still in this moment in time. Our main concern and focus was our dear friend. I am sure there were times where she didn’t know where she was going to find the strength to get through her next round of treatment or the strength some days to cuddle her boys. But she did, we were with her every step of the way, her treatment, the loss of her hair, more treatment and finally the step of her last round of treatment. We were all so scared for her and as again we held our breath of news, the news we all so badly needed to hear “Remission” could it really be true! Could we all breath the sigh of relief we all felt. The thing her cancer and treatment taught me(us), was just how precious life is and how the fight can bring people closer than ever before. How protective of that person you become and how protective of everyone and everything they love. It also taught me that the word "Remission" does not mean the fight is over, in many ways it has just begun.  My friend’s parents are the most amazing people ever, they never once thought about what they were giving up to look after their daughter (our best friend) and her boys. They just did what we as parents do for our child/ren we fight like tooth and nail. We are now 4 years on from that day, that day that changed our world forever and I still every day am so very thankful that our darling friend is still here with us.  Since that day we have lost another member of our “Sisters” very suddenly and our dear friend has also lost a very close friend to cancer. I have also lost my grandmother.

Cancer just sucks and it deserves no place in our lives!

Recently my friend Tracey from My Obsession Designs and Four Frogs on a Log lost her mum to cancer, since Tracey’s mum’s diagnoses Tracey and her family have helped raised over $7,200.



It all started when they sat down and “clipped for cancer” and now for the month of August Tracey is donating 10% off all sales from My Obsession Designs to the Cancer Council of Australia.

Tracey’s mum was an amazing lady, who fought so hard to be here for her family and friends but sadly she lost her fight.


 But her legacy will live on because her loved one’s are so determined that with their help they will raise money to help find that cure.
My heart breaks for Tracey and her family as they come to terms of not having their mum and
mama around any more, as I know the pain of losing your mum!

So I ask you to head over and support Tracey and purchase from My Obsession Designs and in turn help find a cure.

Here are a few of the amazing handmade creations you will find for sale at My Obsession Designs.

Tidy up your notice board with these very cute push pins.

 



Or maybe some magnets to keep all those important notes on your fridge.          
A swimming bag.
A nappy pouch for when out and about


Or a stunning adventure bag for the little boy in your life.
Or a tote bag for your little princess.
But please help find a cure!

Thank you!

Yours in Handmade
Frilly Gilly
                       

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