Feb 21, 2011 - 4:51 pm
I found out on Valentines day that one of my friends passed away. She had battled breast cancer for so long and it kept coming back in other places. I am so sad, but I am also greatful to her. She was the one that talked me into getting my first mamogram. It was then that I found out that I had early breast cancer. The doctors said that I wouldn't have felt it until I was 50 (10 years) and because It was found so early I have a better chance of beating this. She probably saved my life, but I couldn't do anything to help her. She talked me thru chemo and radiation and kept me fighting and helped me to become a survivor.
I have been thinking a lot about things since that Monday. I talked to her just a few days before she passed and she didn't tell me how bad things were. I am guessing that she didn't want to scare me or make me sad. We did have a good conversation and I told her I loved her before hanging up, but I really thought I would get to talk to her many more times. I guess that even thought her family told me later that she told them that she was ready, I just wasn't.
My friends name was Tina and she was amazing and I hope everyone has a Tina in their life.