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The Good Fight

The Good Fight.....life!

What does the good fight mean? It means fighting for something that means something, in this case, life! I have come across several people in my lifetime that have suffered from breast cancer. In the past month it has hit close to home. My cousin, whom is very close in age to myself, was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy last week and all I could think about were her children and her husband. You see when someone gets diagnosed with cancer, everyone gets diagnosed with cancer. I thought about my very young hairdresser who is a 5 year survivor, one of my best friends mothers who is fighting every day, and I thought about all of the mothers, children, aunts, husbands, fathers, uncles, grandparents, and all those that are affected by this disease. It has definitely brought my family closer, as unfortunately, illness does. But I also thought about the good side. The appreciation for life, the little things. The Mother's Day that will come this year that will be very poignant as my family members walk for my cousin and all those affected. I thought about walking with my son, who will understand what it means, as we cross the finish line. Life is so precious and no matter what we suffer from, we need to value our time here with our loved ones. I imagine that day will remembered for the rest of our lives and what a better memory to create on Mothers Day.

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Angela Merkle February 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Wow....well but Lea. I will pray for your cousin that she finds the strength and courage to overcome her battle.
Kelly Esposito February 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Prayers to your cousin on a speedy recovery. Cancer, the ugly word no one ever wants to hear mentioned, but yet, there it is creeping up on our family and friends. What a way to honor a loved one but to walk together with family, friends and strangers all for the same reason. Coming together with people from all over and finding such enormous support in so many different ways has to be life changing. I would love to do the Susan B. Gorman walk in the future. What a way to help show your love and support to so many who need it. Lea, I would love to do this with you in support of your cousin.
Linda M. Baldi February 26, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I cried... my sons and me will be crossing that finish line with you.
Franco February 27, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Thanks for the reminder of what should be everyone's mantra: to appreciate life and those in it! I know I would be lost without my family and close friends, some of which carry both titles...talk about blessed. And I'll be rooting for you and the other angels-on-earth who cross that finish line on Mother's Day!!!!
lauren angelina February 28, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Kelly...we would love for you to join us! Here's the link to join our team. http://rfcphl.convio.net/site/TR/Race/RacefortheCure team_id=50430&pg=team&fr_id=1080
lauren angelina February 28, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Lea...that was beautiful! I'm looking forward to spending Mothers Day with all the wonderful moms in my life- a reminder of how truly blessed I am!

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