Sunday, October 13, 2013


Cancer – a malignant and invasive growth or tumor, especially one originating in epithelium, tending to recur after excision and to metastasize to other sites.

I’ve heard story after story from friends, family members, and strangers on television, talk about losing loved ones to Cancer. I’ve watched people walk into the Vet office crying painful tears as the Vet puts their Cancer ridden pet to sleep. I see friends and family members run marathons supporting such a cause.

The Ex – he lost his mother when he was 19. I heard many stories about how they’d try to comfort her, only to find out they couldn’t comfort such pain. I watched her youngest daughter try to understand what was happening, and then try to continue through life being strong and not afraid.

Squid – he lost his mother when he was 20. I remember when it happened, but only Sis was close with him at the time. I had only met her once, so there was no connection for me, yet I know how much it hurts when Mother’s Day comes around for him.

Sis – she lost a best friend less than six months ago. I hated seeing the pain on her face when she’d talk about it. It was a pain that I didn’t know, yet thought I fully understood. Only didn’t.

Today, I got a phone call from my mother. Just like any other time, I ignored the call because I just didn’t want to talk. Once I received the notification that she’d left a message, I began to listen. I listened, and listened, and listened….

The one man who took care of me when my own father wouldn’t, has been diagnosed with throat cancer. Because I know nothing about Cancer, I immediately feared the worst. Undoubtedly it’s because of smoking cigarettes, but I’m not a doctor, so I can’t confirm that assumption.

I have no details. All I’ve been able to find out is that he had a biopsy done and it came back positive for Cancer.

I don’t really know what to feel. I feel shocked. A little confused. A lot concerned. I have questions. Lots of questions.

I might make a trip up to Oregon to see him, depending on what his next steps are, but until then, I ask that you please keep him in your prayers.


  1. they need to do a PET scan before they can say how bad it all is...

  2. Will keep him and you in my prayers.