October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A year after graduating high school I received a call from one of my very best childhood friends. The news was troubling, her mother, Catherine, had been diagnosed with late stage breast cancer. Being young and unfamiliar with the severity of the diagnosis or the disease itself, I had no idea the fight Catherine and her family would endure in the months to come. I made it a point to call once a week to check on my friend in regards to her mom’s health but she always seemed to be busy spending time with her mother. This time they spent together usually included some life task that Catherine was teaching my friend be it learning to cook for the family, grocery shop on her own, and tending to her little sisters hair. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary to me as my own mother was instilling similar responsibilities in me in preparation for college and dorm life. As a matter of fact everything in my friends life seemed perfectly normal until one afternoon 3 months later when I received a call from a cousin of my friend notifying me that Catherine had passed away. I was 18 years old. My friends parents were like my parents,invincible- right? They couldn’t possibly die while we still needed them so. I ┬árushed over to my friends house where the family was gathered and ran straight to her bedroom. She was laying on her bed staring at the ceiling. I said nothing, climbed in bed with her, held her hand, and joined her gaze toward Heaven, her mothers untimely resting place. About...

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