• Memorial Day

    Asked by BoiseB on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Memorial Day

    On this memorial day I would like to remember all those who bravely fought cancer. I invite all of you to post a memorial of anyone who perished fighting cancer.

    19 Answers from the Community

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    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I would first like to post the memory of my cousin MTK who bravely fought brain cancer. Going through surgeries and clinical trials

      over 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I have a rich history of grandparents dying of cancer. Paternal grandmother Hazel of breast cancer. Paternal grandfather Angelo of lung cancer. Maternal grandmother Mildred of breast cancer. Maternal grandfather George of throat cancer. 3 of the 4 died before I was a teenager.

      over 6 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I've known many who have had cancer. So far, most of them have survived or past due to old age. I did lose a coworker a couple of years ago due to breast cancer. I thought she had such a good chance because so much research is done on breast cancer. I just hope that something was learned from her experience to help others who will eventually have the same problem. I'm sure we've all benefited from others who've come before us and participated in clinical trials, etc.

      over 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I also remember Amyjo our fellow WhatNexter who spent her last days bring joy and courage to all here.

      over 6 years ago
    • gonewest's Avatar
      gonewest

      Constance Crooker (melanomamama). Amy Jo.

      over 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I missed that Melanomamama passed away. Darn it!

      over 6 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      1. My Uncle Bob (Strauss) who entered the family through marriage to my beloved Aunt Roma and who died of anal cancer when I was very, very small.

      2. To Ray Congdon, as close to a brother as I may ever have in this life, who died just last month from complications of study drugs for his cancer. He did radiation and chemotherapy and the cancer came back within 4 years. He had a surgery where they used tissue from other parts of his body to reconstruct his esophagus after tha doctors cut out the cancer tumor. The cancer came back spread to other parts of his body. He entered a study drug trial which did not work. He expired in the midst of the second study drug trial. He loved his wife and daughters more than he loved his own life.

      3. To Dr. Leslie, who died of liver cancer after having learned how to successfully shrink her tumor to such a size that she could enjoy life again. She had four years rife with mountain climbing, snow sports, and a family life for herself and her son. Because of her training, she kept looking for the magic bullet. She allowed a biopsy to be performed, it was botched, the tumor bled and the cancer spread quickly to the rest of her body.

      4. To my cousin Jerry who died from brain "mushrooms" which grew back two years after they were removed. His wife gained the complicity of his doctors and he died with options denied to him as the tumors overtook his brain and autonomic refelexes and such.

      Ask not for whom the bell tolls ....

      Congratulations to those of us left alive.

      Did melanomamomma die of cancer complications?

      over 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I also missed Melanomamama's passing. Although I somehow sensed it. Her memory lives on through her books, a great contribution to the ultimate defeat of cancer.

      over 6 years ago
    • gonewest's Avatar
      gonewest

      http://www.melanomamama.com/memoriam.php

      Here is Connie's obituary from her website.

      over 6 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I would like to post a Memorial to America. As many know, I was a volunteer English teacher to immigrants for many years. In most places they are taught that memorial Day is to honor only your passed family members instead of a day to honor Americans that died in war. I told my classes that I would go to the Soldiers memorial the city holds every year. I explained that memorial Day was for soldiers, sailors, Marines that died in battle. I was told that was a lie, and a student showed me her book of American Holidays.that said the above-to honor family members. I told them to go online in English and figure it out for themselves-the questions they asked, was "How long?" "When did this happen?" At the next meeting they told me that they asked the teachers paid by our tax money to help Americanize immigrants, and the others that taught citizenship classes, "Why did the teachers lie to them?" We don't want to hurt your feelings. The Vietnamese went to the immigration office and complained. They honor the thought of the Marines that often saved their lives, then gave refuge and opportunity to them. The temples here contact acted other temples, and other sects. Now on Memorial Day, at our Viet Nam Veterans Memorial-which was expanded for WW ll, Korea--Many of the people in the crowd wear saffron robes of monks, and the light blue wimples of Buddhist nuns, while Vietnamese children pay respect to the people that fought for them and died for their freedom.

      So let's give double honor to those that fought throughout the world for freedom and fought cancer too.

      My father, Joseph, Sgt at Ft. Riley-only 3 members of his medic unit survived a surprize rear attack by the Japanese. Black cancer. Uncle Everett, Sgt of Ft. Riley, He survived North Africa, Europe-the battle of the Bulge-he died of stomach cancer in the 1970s. Robert Toussaint, who was a surgeon at Iwo Jima-stomach cancer in 1962 at Bethesda Naval Hospital,- a friend, Cyrus Weaver-stomach cancer in Minnesota. My great-grandfather who fought in Union blue-stomach cancer.

      over 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      My sister-in-law's first husband was also a "late casualty" of Viet Nam. He was exposed to "agent orange" and subsequently died of cancer only a few years after his tour of duty

      over 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I remember whitebirch's posts about her husbands journey. Her descriptions of her husband's courage were an inspiration to me

      over 6 years ago
    • catmoy's Avatar
      catmoy

      My father was a Korean War veteran. He suffered for years from esophageal cancer. Learned to speak again by burping up air. He went to schools to show students his stoma, praying he would keep them from smoking. Thank you, Dad, for serving our country during the war and, later, showing me how to fight cancer.

      over 6 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I forgot my poor husband that died from Mesothelioma in August 2014. He was on a ship that rained asbestos everytime they hit a wave in rough seas, and rained, as they cruised the VN coast and fired their guns as artillery support. We thought that he might get something from Agent Orange, as he was on a PBR that patrolled the Mekong and French Canal-and they sprayed there. He drank purified river water- and after Agent Orange sprays, the water had an oily slick on it. I just wanted to pay tribute to my Uncle, who was a professional soldier, my great-granfather who suffered so much at vicksburg and then in the battle for New Orleans, and then as a Yankee occupier that was an enemy to the residents.

      over 6 years ago
    • denise735's Avatar
      denise735

      I lost my mother to colon cancer in April of 2012 and my father in law on on Memorial day last year to brain cancer

      over 6 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I didn't know that Constance died :( I saw that Lilymadeline is on Hospice care now :( :( :( And, of course, AmyJo.

      My dad, great uncle who was like a grandpa to me, my stepdad who I loved dearly, and my aunt all died of cancer before me as did a cousin. It gets way too many of us.

      over 6 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I missed Constance's death as well. Remembering her and AmyJo.

      Richard, a.k.a. "The Little One," long-time partner to my friend Chris, from esophageal cancer. You can read their story here:
      http://interactive.sun-sentinel.com/lgbt-dying-couple/

      Sonny Wainwright (d. 1985, breast cancer), whom I knew through the peer poetry workshop of the New York City chapter, Feminist Writers Guild:
      http://joannestle2.blogspot.com/2012/12/in-memory-of-sonny-wainwright-isaaca.html

      My dear friend Helen (d.1998, colon cancer). I've written about her here:
      http://hurricanecountry.blogspot.com/2005/07/fisherman-in-hospital-bed.html

      My "aunt" (really my father's first cousin) Isabel, who died in 1988 of ovarian cancer.

      My paternal grandmother Ernestine, who died in 1956 (before I was born) of pancreatic cancer.

      Shirley, the parent of a childhood friend, dead of breast cancer.

      A neighbor across the street from the house where I grew up. She was in her 50s and looked very robust. Four months later I watched out my porch window as she was taken to the hospital; suddenly she looked skeletal. I don't know which cancer she had, but it was my first personal exposure to the disease and it shocked me. I was 15.

      There are people I don't know in person but whose blogs I've read. This past week we lost JoJo, dead of breast cancer at age 32:
      http://www.themalignantginger.co.uk/

      Lisa Bonchek Adams, who died in March from breast cancer:
      http://lisabadams.com/
      and who wrote, “Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.”

      over 6 years ago
    • JeanB's Avatar
      JeanB

      My sweet mom lost her battle to cancer, 17 years ago.

      over 6 years ago
    • lisahal's Avatar
      lisahal

      My best friend since third grade died from cancer six years ago. It was breast cancer that spread to her liver. My crazy fun favorite Aunt died two years ago. She got breast cancer 20 years ago and then fought and killed two more cancers. She was so beautiful and should have been a model. She took such pride in appearance and everything was always perfect. When she heard that most women will get cancer back in five years she started eating and kept eating for the next 18 years cause she thought she would die soon of cancer. She ended up dying of heart attack because of all the weight she put on.

      over 6 years ago

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