Gramblinite editor: Hope, faith carries you a long way in life

No, I don’t know how it feels to be diagnosed with breast cancer. I don’t how it feels to go through the pain of chemotheropy, doctor visits, needles, surgeries and depression from this deadly disease. But I can tell you about the pain of watching someone go through the phases of illness.

I beleive this is a slow killer for people who don’t believe that they can overcome it.

However, chances of you surviving if detected early can be good also.

My mother was diagnosed with the diesease in October 2001. I don’t know what prompted her to get a mammogram but all I knew was that it tested positive for the cancerous disease.

She didn’t show any signs of distress, nor did she act like it was the end her life. She simply said she was going to fight it until the end.

A few years went by and it caused me to think the diesease had been treated. I began to see her more happy, and living life as if she was cancer free.

In April 2005, I was in the Gramblinite, as usual, when I received a phone call that said my mother had a seizure. I must admit, I nearly lost my mind. I felt like a part of me had died.

I eventually went home, and there my mom was, acting as if nothing was wrong with her. I couldn’t help but think, “Why is she acting like this? Is she afraid of letting me see her cry or depressed?” Whatever the case, I took it as her protecting me, not wanting to see me worry about her health problems.

But truth be told, I did worry. I prayed but still thought about losing her. The day before the Fall 2005 semester, my mother passed away at the age of 39. I tried to be strong for my younger brother and sister, but truth be told, I still suffer. I can admit, I still weep at night because when you’re so used to someone being there to hold your hand and keep you on the right track it’s hard to live life without it.

My mother having cancer she showed me that just because you’ve been diagnosed, it’s not a death sentence. You don’t have to live your life as if you’re about to die. Courage and faith will carry you a long way.

All my mother encouraged women to do was get tested. It’s your life we’re talking about. You only have one life.

We all have our tragedies, but we need to all make sure we do our part in life, by talking care of our bodies. Getting an annual physical is essential in today’s society because there are so many ways to get cancer.

Please go get tested, if not for yourself, do it for the people who have died with this diesease.