Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sister Down

You probably heard that Elizabeth Edwards died today.  She was the very visible face of a woman with Stage IV breast cancer, living graciously and courageously while cancer stole her life.

She was diagnosed in 2004 and received treatment.

It came back in 2007.

I thought a lot about her this evening.

I imagined what this day must have been like for all the people who loved her and were at her bedside today.

Especially her children.

There is something I'd like to tell you.

I'm not afraid to die.

I just can't stand the thought of my children without me.  Not yet.  Not for a long time.

Of all the bad that comes with a cancer diagnosis, the fear, the treatment, the uncertainty, looking at yourself in the mirror and not finding you, out of all of it, and believe me, there is a lot of it,

what makes me cry and scares me most

is exactly what the children of Elizabeth Edwards faced today.

Mommy is gone.

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