30 Day Challenge – Day 8

Today’s Topic: a photo that makes you angry/sad

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This photo makes me sad… its the last photo taken of me with my grandma before she lost her battle with breast cancer.  She passed away literally a few days after this was taken after fighting for over 4 years.  It was June 1998. 

She was an amazing woman.  She raised 5 children and loved beyond words her 11 grandchildren. She showed amazing grace and kindness to everyone.  She loved to laugh but most of all, she loved to see her family laughing.  My [future] kids will never know her and I fear that my memories can never do her justice.

When we lost her, a piece of me was lost too… BUT…DSCN1421

Because I lost her, I signed up to walk in my very first “breast cancer walk” that fall… and have signed up for one or more every year thereafter.  The names of the events have varied -  Making Strides, Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, The 3 Day – but the reason for doing them remains the same.  Losing her made me become a fighter, to stand up for everyone who has to deal with this disease and to keep fighting for a cure until one is found.  I thank her for being there to make me who I am today.

I miss her every single day.

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