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I am a below knee amputee. More importantly, I am also Mommy to two boys, a very active 10 year old (Robby) and an mischievous toddler (Timmy). I have learned that being a parent with a disability can create some unusual and sometimes humorous situations. This blogger is available for hire! Let's talk and learn how a blog can expand your business.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Friend Vashni

I am exceedingly grateful to report that my cancer scans have been read, and I have been declared cancer free! With the memories of chemotherapy and radiation never far away, my heart sings every time I hear the "all clear" from my doctors. It doesn't matter how many years I've been cancer-free, I will always be haunted by the fears of a recurrence.

I don't talk much about my cancer experience primarily because it is a part of my life I wish to forget. Waiting for my test results, coupled with some distressing news about a friend, the dreaded "c" word has been making an ominous presence in our home. As I am celebrating being cancer free, my friend is currently losing her battle with the same cancer that I fought.

When Vashni was diagnosed she reached out to me and I relayed my story. I told her in blunt terms what to expect during chemotherapy and radiation. We talked about the side effects and even joked as many of my predictions came to fruition.  We were so similar that I expected her disease to respond as mine did to the treatment.  About three months after her diagnosis, it became clear that she was battling a completely different beast.

My cancer did not spread; Vashni's spread to her liver. During the past year she endured grueling chemotherapy, painful procedures and debilitating clinical trials in an attempt to beat those horrendous cells. Yesterday I learned that hospice has been called and that her parents have taken up residence in her home to be with their daughter and her husband during this time. 

The news of hospice involvement shook me to my core. I sat in my prosthetist's office and began to cry.  My heart breaks for Vashni, her family and everybody who loves her. When she learned of her diagnosis, I promised her that she would be okay. She was understandably scared, but I knew in my heart that she would beat the same disease that I beat. Now she is dying. It wasn't supposed to be this way!

Knowing that my friend is losing her battle with cancer, I feel oddly guilty about rejoicing in my being declared healthy. Her struggles have reminded me that cancer does not discriminate, and that good health can never be assumed. I owe it to everybody who has lost the battle with cancer to remain vigilant about my screenings.

In honor of Vashni and to celebrate my cancer-free status, I have decided to participate in the National Race to End Women's Cancers next month. I can't think of a better way to honor this moment than to try to raise money to eradicate this horrible disease. I will be walking/ jogging with pride, knowing that I have beaten cancer and that I am representing Vashni, somebody with an extraordinary strength and loving character. 

1 comment:

  1. Peggy, I am so sorry to about your friend. And no guilt should be felt by you. I have also survived breast cancer for 10 years now. We have a reason to be happy for ourselves, and the compassion to feel for a friend and her family.

    I love your blog and the many subjects you post about. It has enlightened me in so many ways that I never really thought about. Enjoy.