The importance of cancer awareness

    Everyone knows someone who has died of cancer, either a mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle or a close friend. October is the month for breast cancer awareness, and the medical profession tells us that one of every eight baby girls born this year will have breast cancer during her lifetime. My sister Jane lost her first breast, then another, and during the next twelve years before her death the cancer had spread to many different parts of her body. She was a highly spirited person throughout it all. Maybe it was because so much of her life was spent volunteering at hospitals and nursing homes. I would drive or fly to Minneapolis to see her, dreading the sad trip, only to find it a very pleasant visit with lots of laughs and reminiscing of old times. During her last year she wasn’t able to swallow her meals and would laughingly say, “You would never believe how good Ensure is when you put it in the freezer for twenty minutes before meal time.” Jane always considered herself a survivor when talking to other cancer patients.

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