Friday, July 10, 2009

Burdened

Cancer was something I used to hear my parents talk about. They would discuss their parents' friends who had it. Their parents. My grandparents. It was always the "old folks" who had cancer. And that was acceptable in a way; as a kid, that's what you expected to happen to "old folks." Cancer wasn't supposed to be something that is so familiar, so close.

I lost my sister-in-law to cancer last October (can it already be that 9 months have passed since that day?). And today I received the shocking news that one of my friends was just diagnosed. She is a vivacious, generous, fun child of God. She is a loving wife. She is a dedicated mom to three (her oldest son is exactly to the day the same age as Michael). She is 5 days younger than me.

It's not supposed to be this way.

9 comments:

TeacherMommy said...

I felt the exact same way until my aunt was diagnosed with leukemia. In some ways it still isn't real, even now when she's been gone for over two years.

(((hugs)))

Julie From Inmates said...

That's horrible. Cancer is such an ugly, ugly thing. Praying that your friend is healed completely.

dclouser said...

I will add my prayers for your friend. What a young family to be dealing with this, not that it's easy for anyone, but you just think of the lifelong impact on young children. It's very hard.

Anne said...

sometimes things are so hard to understand. :-( I will be praying.

Arby said...

Keep praying. It is the first and best thing that you can do.

CrossView said...

I hate cancer.

=(

Courtney said...

I've had two friends diagnosed with cancer in the last 4 years. It just stinks!

4 Lettre Words said...

I agree, and I'm saying a prayer right now.

Tisha S said...

I'm so sorry to hear this...prayers and hugs for you and your friend