Monday, March 10, 2014

Hard to see

Mom's friend Jenny
This picture was posted to my sister's FB page yesterday. Mom's friend Jenny, who has stage 3 breast cancer, walked in mom's memory for the Southwest Florida Komen Foundation. Jenny said there were 5,000 people in attendance. Here are my instant, gut reaction thoughts:

1. It has "in memory of" on that piece of paper. That is a hard pill to swallow. I know my mom is gone, but now people are walking in memory of her. It feels yucky and weird. The sentiment is fabulous, I just hate that it's done for MY mom.

2. The money collected from those 5,000 attendees could have been used for greater awareness had they been directed to The Gathering Place or to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network or METAvivor. These are places that care for the patient and family and also deal directly with the breast cancer that KILLS. The ONLY breast cancer that kills; stage four - METASTATIC.

I have lots of anger right now with the whole Komen/Kohls debacle. But that is for another day. Today I am trying to wrap my mind around "in memory of."

Love you, mom.


  1. It's been six years since my mom died from mbc and I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it. I'm sorry your died from this wretched disease too. I understand those feelings of anger. It's all a lot to process and deal with. My best to you.

    1. I hate that you know how I feel. Thanks for taking a minute to reach out!