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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

To all those brave ladies ......

For a minute, I couldn't really think what I was going to write about today.  Then, as October is Breast Cancer month, I decided to dedicate this blog to one of my daughter's best friends (she is actually one of my granddaughter's godmothers) who is undertaking treatment for this awful illness.  She has a little girl who is only nine months old and, all through the Summer, she has been undertaking chemotherapy treatment, which, at times, has left her feeling drained.  They then found that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, so, last week, she had a mastectomy as well as having all her lymph nodes removed (which is quite unusual apparently).  In a couple of weeks, she has to start a course of radiotherapy.  You can probably imagine how gruelling all this has been for her, especially as she hasn't been able to devote herself to the little baby, like most mums are able to.  I feel so sorry for her, because she had wanted to be a mum for so long.  I also feel terribly sorry for her mum and dad, who are in their eighties, and never thought that they were going to be grandparents.  Obviously, when the little baby girl came along, they were over the moon.  Then, just a couple of months later, they were hit with this.  I just can't envisage how it must be for a mum to see a beloved daughter having to go through so much suffering. 

My daughter flew over from Paris at the weekend, on a flying visit, just to go and spend some time with her friend after the operation.  It was a surprise visit, so very emotional for them both, but the friend was so thrillled.  I went along to see her as well on Sunday, and I have to say that she is being so incredibly brave and positive.  At the moment, she doesn't have any hair, but, hopefully that will start to grow back in the not too distant future. 

It's wonderful how, at times like these, the goodness in people comes out.  They were saying how friends and family had really rallied round, and they have visitors most days, which helps to keep their spirits up.  Also, they find that friends leave cooked meals on the doorstep, which is such a help to them at this time.

It is incredible to think that something like 140 women A DAY learn that they have breast cancer.  I pray that my daughter's friend will get through this and then be able to lead a normal life again with her beautiful little daughter.

I also take my hat off to all those women out there that are going through something similar.  Our love and positive thoughts are with you all. xx


7 comments:

Bouncin' Barb said...

Very nice post. Support and friendship can mean more than life itself at times like these. Your daughter sounds awesome. Must get it from you...

Bouncin' Barb said...

I'm not sure if you are following my blogs but I'm stopping the Bouncin' Thru Life blog and everything will continue on my This and That blog. I spend more time on there anyway. I promise I won't disappoint you!

bouncinbarbs.blogspot.com

LindyLouMac said...

Welcome to blogging and thankyou for becoming a follower of 'News From Italy' and commenting on a book review on my other blog(not sure if following there)but which I hope you will enjoy. We already have a few things in common, being petite ladies of a certain age, bloggers, love of Italy, two beautiful daughters, possibly more which we will learn as we get to know each other.
This post was about a subject close to my heart, did you see my Think Pink posts for Breast Cancer Awareness this month?
http://lindyloumac.blogspot.com/2010/10/think-pinkbreast-cancer-awareness-in.html
and
http://lindyloumac.blogspot.com/2010/10/another-pink-post-for-breast-cancer.html

PaulaMJ said...

Well done,this is a beautiful post for a wonderful lady xx

Thisisme said...

Thank you Paula. It was the least I could do for a very special lady xx

Thisisme said...

Hi LindyLouMac. Thanks for popping into my Blog, and I'm delighted that you are going to be a 'follower'! As you say, we do seem to have quite a few things in common already. I will look up your Think Pink posts and look forward to reading them. I am now a follower on your book review blog. I absolutely love books and, in fact, I am off to a Book Club Meeting in a little while. We will be discussing "On Hitler's Mountain - my Nazi Childhood - by Irmgard Hunt. The good thing about being a member of a Book Club, is that it makes you read books that are a bit different from those that you would normally read. Obviously, some you enjoy more than others!

LindyLouMac said...

It is a pleasure, I enjoy following people from all over the world, just like when I had pen friends as a child! I am delighted that you have signed up to follow me, it is appreciated. Thanks for the comments you have made already to which I have now replied. I hope your book club meeting went well.