Today is a year to the day that I lost my aunt to breast cancer. Five years earlier my mum died of the same disease. The were twins, we did so much together my mum, my aunt, my sister, my brother and me. Now they are gone I have no 'older'relatives. At the top of the family tree is me. Today I was brave, I went to work, I did what I always do, and I made other people happy. I want them to know that I made it and I want them to be proud of me. It's wierd because it's the people you most want to tell, the people who it would mean the most to that are not there to tell now. They were both so brave in their fight. They gave me so much strength and left me with the strength to keep going without them. I can't tell them that now, so I just wanted to say it, to put it out there somewhere in the world. I love you, thank you for making me the person I am, and thank you that when you were dying, in pain and scared for still doing everything you could to support me and give me the strength to keep going, and to continue to grow, after you'd gone.

penniechew penniechew
1 Response Mar 25, 2009

That's a beautiful tribute to both your mom and aunt. I've lost so many loved ones to cancer that I can't quite bring myself to enumerate them. Suffice it to say, we're talking about more than a few very close relatives.<br />
I think the greatest tribute we can make to our beloved relatiuves who've passed on is to live and treat people lovingly and with great care and compassion.