This week I learned some disturbinng news about my cousin Cia. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. When my aunt called and told me, my heart shivered in terror. I felt choked with denial, sadness, and horror all at the same time. Why her?
Cia…my cousin has always been a great role model to me. She took me under her wing as I was growing up. When she was in college majoring in Engineering, she made sure to expose me to the campus. She wanted me to have a taste of college life and made sure that I participated in all the programs her university offered for high school students.
It was her who told me about the birds and the bees.
She also began our family newsletter. When my mother died Cia was the first to call express her love and concern.
During the holidays she would often host gatherings. She would cook mounds of delicious foods, including the best caramel and Hershey cakes that would melt in your mouth.
She was there for my open-house, my house-warming, babyshower, the surprise birthday party that I had for my mother, and other important milestones in my life…
Stepmom is also one of her titles.
I have yet to talk to her because I am too upset right now. I am trying to be strong but I don’t know how. Our family has been beaten down by tragic deaths. I couldn’t possibly handle another one. I keep thinking about her husband and two girls.
The slogan “Race for the Cure” has a whole new meaning for me now. My mind is consumed with pink thoughts. I have already converted my debit card over to one that donates to breast cancer research. A coworker emailed me this link and I couldn’t believe the timeliness of it. Anyone with a pair of breasts should visit this site daily. Here is the email:
Please tell ten friends to tell ten today!
The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough
people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of
donating at least one free mammogram a day to an
It takes less than a minute to go to their site and clickon ‘donating a mammogram’ — for free (pink window in the middle). This does not cost you a thing. Their
corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate a mammogram in exchange for advertising.
Here’s the web site! http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2
Another supportive site can be found here. I made a celebration for my cousin. Please make one for anyone you know who has suffered from this disease. A dollar will be donated to research for every one made.