My Breast Cancer Thoughts and Loss 11/14/08

I received this email yesterday morning while I was actually working on the volunteer “Your Shoes” hot line and I had to step back and regroup as I have to do too many times in the past:

Tammy lost her battle with breast cancer last Friday morning.  The funeral was Monday in Rockwall (just north of Dallas).  The church was packed and there was not a dry eye to be found.
Tammy really was a phenomenal woman.  Not once during her valiant battle did you hear her complain – and she wasn’t just martyring up.  She lived each day to the fullest and filled her time working and making memories.  She turned 40 in July.  She left behind the love of her life and two beautiful babies.
Thanks for being there for her.
Love you very much.
God I hate this disease.  Days like yesterday make me very angry.  Tammy had a very aggressive type of breast cancer and it was a very difficult one to treat.  I wanted to pummel something and then I remembered we are making progress.   I watched the evening news last night with Charlie Gibson and he reported on the brave young woman in Boston undergoing a vaccine treatment to try to stop her breast cancer.  There are many other vaccines being tested.
Susan Love, MD talks about prevention over cure, and I tend to lean that way too.  It may take years, and many studies but to be able to eventually be vaccinated against breast cancer is an awesome idea.
In memory of a strong woman and an inspirational fighter I dedicate this posting to Tammy and her loving family.  Her memory will live and love on.
Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success, for those of us who hope strongest have within us the gift of miracles—–Sydney Bremer

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