Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Reason We're Here

I am in Arizona this week, on vacation with my entire family. As well as recharging our various batteries, we're on vacation to celebrate a momentous occasion for our family. Something we've been looking forward to for a long time. Something that serves as a catharsis, both physically and mentally for all of us.

And especially my mother, Cindy.

Six months ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was a huge shock to my family, and it was a very difficult time for all of us, as her mother died from the disease over forty years ago. 

I was at work when I got the news. I remember going to meet my sister--who worked just a few blocks away--on a street corner, where we both cried. We couldn't believe it. And didn't know what the future would bring.

Her doctor discovered the tumor during a routine checkup. Thankfully my mother gets yearly mammograms. Because they detected it early, her chances of complete recovery were high. And now, after surgery to remove the tumor, and months of chemotherapy and radiation, my mother has been given a clean bill of health. 

We took this vacation to celebrate her recovery. 

Thankfully her cancer was caught early. This is not the case for everyone. Please, encourage your friends and family members to get yearly checkups and mammograms. The past few months have been very tough on my mother, and her friends and family, but thankfully the worst is over. She'll get her whole life back, and have many more years in front of her.

So because of that, we can celebrate. I can't think of a better reason to.

3 Comments:

Blogger pattinase (abbott) said...

My very best to your mother and family. I have many friends now who are ten years and more free after the original diagnosis. The odds of beating it grow each year.
Not many sons are able to share this sort of story. Thanks for being one.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Will said...

God bless you and your family, Jason. Keep up the good work,

Will Lavender

1:29 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Thanks for the comments, guys.

10:55 PM  

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