December 10, 2011

Love, Light & Joy

Once upon a time I had this friend, Emily.

She was young and beautiful.  A wife, a mom, daughter, sister, friend.  Emily had her whole life ahead of her.

But she also had breast cancer.

Of course she fought it.  When she and her doctors thought it was gone, a fresh scan revealed that it was in fact not.  The cancer had metastasized.

She kept fighting.  But then one day it became very clear that the cancer was winning.  Emily was only 29.

It was springtime and her birthday was June 6, so she decided to try to hold on at least to turn 30.

And she did.  We had a wonderful 30th birthday party for her.  Sweet memories.

Emily left this world full of Love, Light and Joy on July 15, 2007.

She touched so many hearts in the short time she had here.  She touched me deeply.  Emily was kind and warm and strong.  I will never forget her.  A few mutual friends have gotten tattoos in her memory, and I intend to as well.

In the time I've been blogging I have only mentioned her a couple times.  I haven't always felt like it was my place or if I even have a right to, as I am not family.  I didn't include any pictures here for that reason.  But, the experience of knowing Emily and the privilege of calling her my friend was a meaningful thing in my life.  I'm very grateful to have been given a clear reason to write about her today.

That reason is this video from the American Cancer Society.  I feel really good about sharing it because cancer sucks.  Plain and simple.

Please watch the video.  And please feel free to share below how cancer has touched your life.

This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society.
Gladly and sincerely written by me.

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