Saturday, October 2, 2010

LiveSTRONG today in honor of l♥ve lost yesterday...

Do you know why today is LiveSTRONG day? Because October 2nd was the day that Lance Armstrong received the devastating news that he had testicular cancer. That was a life-altering diagnosis for a man who was young and healthy and vital. Lance took that diagnosis and he LivedSTRONG to the best of his ability and knocked his disease to its knees on more than one occasion. Never once did he give in to defeat. He'd get shoved down and would get right back up again - an example to all of us.

I'm sure that all of us know someone who faced the demon named cancer and came out on top. I'm sure that all of us know someone who fought the good fight and lost the battle even though they faced each day with courage and strength. Every day when we close the door to our home behind us we are surrounded by valiant warriors who are unknown to us. They go about their day without making us aware of their struggle - their battles - and their fears and sorrows.

My mother and I. She fought the good fight against breast cancer and lost - but fight she did and with a passion.

We are also surrounded by family heroes who go by the name of mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter and friend - people who support those they love dearly who have been informed they have cancer or that their cancer has returned.

Last, but certainly not least, we are surrounded by those warriors who fought the good fight and won! They took on a foe that makes most of us cringe and shudder in our boots. They had the mastectomy or prostate surgery or amputation or lumpectomy and then they endured weeks and months of toxic chemicals being poured into their bodies. Medications that made them so sick they wanted to just lay down and die. But, they didn't - they kept on and they came out the other side triumphant holding the banner of remission or complete cure!

Whether you live with cancer or died with cancer YOU are my hero. If you love someone or help to care for someone with cancer YOU are my hero. If you have stood by a grave (as I have) and mourned for love lost too soon, YOU are my hero. The fight against cancer is filled with heroes and heroines - those we know about and those we have never heard mentioned. Those people are all icons of beauty and strength and courage and triumph. I stand before them humbled because no matter what I have endured in my lifetime, I yield to their impeccable example of character in the face of a foe that has the capability of taking a 200 pound man and dropping him to his knees in fear when he hears that he must don his emotional armour and fight the good fight for his life.

My h♥art-dog, Tony, who died in my arms in 1987, killed by hemangiosarcoma. No heart has beat with more courage or love or devotion.

Did you know that LiveSTRONG has a web site with literally volumes of information and assistance and links that guide and instruct US and those we love about what we need to do to stand up and take that first step to live the remainder of our lives strong and healthy? Take a look, you'll get lost reading its volumes of fantastic information about a myriad of healthy topics. You will be able to participate in support groups to help you as you diet or stop smoking or begin to exercise or get into your kitchen to learn how to cook healthy. It's all there. It's all FREE. What are you waiting for? Let's all LiveSTRONG today and tomorrow and all of our tomorrows - for us and for those who are fighting the good fight and for those who fought the most difficult battle of their lives and lost.

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Good, sound advice.


And, last but not least: October is National Breast Cancer Month. Wear a pink ribbon on your blog in support of all the courageous women who have faced down this demon and told it to 'go to h*ll'.

National Canine Cancer Foundation

21 comments:

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Thank you from our hearts for supporting LIVESTRONG day by doing a yellow post. Your post is so very special it made mom weep. She hadn't realised that Lance was diagnosed on October 2nd ~ so thanks for that. Mom was told she has cancer on her birthday.

Blessing to all those who are currrently fighting cancer, are cancer survivors, or who have lost their lives to this terrible disease.

LIVESTRONG always.

Love from Milo and Alfie, Mom-Jan and Dad xxxx

Kea said...

That was an incredible post...our mom has tears running down her face now.

Blessings and Light to All Beings who are affected by this disease, directly and indirectly.

-The Fuzzy Tales crew and mom Kim

The Paw Relations said...

What an amazing post!

We're honoured to have known those who have fought with dignity and courage against this dreadful disease. Those who won and those who sadly lost the battle

Purrs and prayers to everyone, LIVESTRONG! xxx

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

That an absolutely amazing post! Your mother was absolutely stunning! And we are purraying there is a cure soon!

LiveStrong Furriends!

ZOOLATRY said...

Mimi... YOU are my HERO... am not sure I can go on to other blogs at the moment, for the tears spilling down. This was an amazingly moving posting... thank you!
With affection... Ann

The Island Cats said...

What a great post! We purr for those we have lost and for those who are still struggling with this terrible disease. LIVESTRONG!!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Mimi, that is a beautiful and caring post. I'm with the others with tears streaming down my face. LiveStrong!!!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Cat said...

What a fantastic post!!! Let's celebrate all the heroes in our lives today and everyday.

Livestrong and Lovestrong too!

Brian said...

That was such a wonderful and loving post. We all need to LiveStrong together!

Furkidsmom said...

We hope that one day this terrible disease will be gone and there will be no more need for a day like this. Until then, we LIVESTRONG.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Derek @ Build A Cat Tree said...

Livestrong Forever! This post was extremely sad yet soo encouraging and heart-warming at the same time. Here's to all those (both human and animal) with the courage to not go down without a fight! Together we will stand and will always live strong!

Hannah and Lucy said...

A moving and wonderful post - we hope more than ever having read all the comments today that the cure is coming soon to save more from the anguish and despair.
Together we must stand shoulder to shoulder and fight back at this evil disease.

Marg said...

That was such a lovely post. It is so wonderful to have so many people getting behind this effort to help those that have cancer and to help get more research done. We also send lots of purrs and prayers to the ones that lost the battle. Take care.

Angel and Kirby said...

My Dad lost his battle 8 years ago and my nephew lost his 3 years ago. LiveStrong. We are purring for a cure!

Cara n Crew said...

Excellent, excellent post! We didn't realize why Lance had chosen this day. LIVESTRONG!

-Pip, Smidgen, Minnie

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

So sad today to see how many friends of mine have been affected by this terrible disease. Your post is such a wonderful tribute to your loved ones.
Together we all show our support in making cancer awareness today. Too many lives have been lost. Hopefully some day cancer will be something of the past never to worry about again.

sprinkles said...

This is a beautiful post!

My father has survived 2 kinds of cancer. Because of him, I volunteer for Relay For Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society. 88% of all donations go towards cancer research.

Fin said...

What a lovely post. Purrs that they find ways to discover it faster and help people and furries survive it.

Ayla and Iza, said...

It was a good day fer a good purpose...

Eric and Flynn said...

This is such a wonderful heartfelt post.
We honour those who have survived cancer, and remember with sadness those who didn't.

TK and Squashies said...

What a beautiful tribute. You make my mommy's eyes leak!