Friday, October 16, 2009

saving the beauties

my friend janet just finished her last radiation treatment a week ago today, after in the past year enduring a double mastectomy and chemotherapy and radiation that left her with 3rd degree burns. beautiful, funny, positive janet, who put together a team to walk together in the susan g komen 5k coming up on november 1st - team "save the beauties". my friends mandi and summer and ann are all walking too, and it's going to be a great morning. the last time i walked in the breast cancer 5k was when i was about seven months pregnant with f. i can't wait to celebrate with janet because that's what it's going to be - a celebration. dude! she kicked cancer's ass.

this morning, janet and i had a little email exchange about the team shirts she's having printed up for us. every team member can put an "in memory of" or an "in celebration of" on the shirt if they want, so i told janet i'd like mine to be "in memory of GG," my grandma who passed away last december at the ripe old age of 100. she had a double mastectomy in the early 80's and she was a warrior. it is precious to me that f got to spend some time with GG before she passed away.

f and GG got to spend some more time together when we went back up north to celebrate GG's 100th. getting a free ride on GG's walker: priceless.

janet let me know that we'd put "in celebration of GG" on my shirt, rather than "in memory of," because GG didn't die from breast cancer. nope, she didn't - she lived almost another 30 years after her surgery. someday i'll write more about GG and her awe-inspiring life. i've just been thinking about her today. celebrating her, my geege.

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