Sunday, October 11, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I have just recently learned that Melinda McClendon, a former co-worker's wife, is in battle with the ugly "c" word. I was reading some blogs when I saw that some close friends of hers had encouraged her to start a blog of her own. (Some local folks as well as out-of-towners, wanted to know how she was doing). You can check out her blog here. She was diagnosed with breast and lymph node cancer in September of this year. She and her husband, Ted, have 4 children and they are truly wonderful people! Melinda has a gift of lifting people up and encouraging them. When you've finished reading it, whether you read some of it or all of it, you will feel better! That is just one of her many talents!

My sister (middle child) went through the same thing last year. She found a lump (actually 3) in her left breast and had to have a mastectomy and 12 or 13 lymph nodes removed and several tested positive. She also had the reconstructive surgery started at the same time. Because of the chemo, it has taken longer to heal but her surgeon is pleased with her progression. They will be having their "Miracle Mile" walk/run for a cure this Saturday in Augusta, Georgia. I plan on being there with her to encourage, push, pull, scoot, yell, and maybe even carry her to help her finish the walk if she can or if she wants to. She means a lot to me! She's my SISTER, for crying out loud!

Melinda, you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you on this spiritual and physical journey you have begun and just know, you are not alone.

I thought this post was fitting since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It has affected many lives and we must continue fighting this horrible disease. It will not be the victor, that is our title!

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