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Monday, August 15, 2011

On a More Serious Note

Saturday, I attended the funeral of my brother's granddaughter.  She was 27 years old and left behind a loving husband and two beautiful daughters aged 6 and 4.  She was taken far too soon in her life by a form of leukemia.  

The church was filled with family and friends; many of whom were very close to her.  There may have been others, like me, who had only met her on a couple of occasions and were not aware of the rich life she led.  She was a teacher, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-law, an aunt, and a granddaughter.  

It was evident by the tears of those who had been close to her that she had indeed been dearly loved.  As I left, I could not help but feel that another vital young life had been squelched by cancer.  It is so wrong.  My heart goes out to all who are battling this vicious, uncaring disease, and to those like my brother's granddaughter who have fought bravely and lost.

Somehow it seems impossible that so many millions of dollars have been raised for research, yet no real cure has been found.  Inroads have been made, but we still lose far to many to this villain.  I pray that a cure can be found so that occasions like Saturday will become non-existent, and that her family and the families of others who have lost loved ones will find some measure of comfort in time.

26 comments:

Kristina P. said...

So sad. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Kelley said...

You are so right, Eva. So, so right! I work a few hours a week at a cancer hospital and have in some capacity for the last 11+ years. Cancer is ugly and mean. My heart has broken countless timeless times over it. I am so sad your brother lost his granddaughter and her family lost her. So heartbreaking. I will say a prayer for her family during this dark time.

Lori @ RRSAHM said...

Much love Eva xoxox

tsonodablog said...

Very well said, Eva. And I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I hate the C Word.

JackieA said...

My condolences to you and the family....much too young to go....

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss, Eva.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Absolutely! It must be eradicated. It's so horrifying. Sorry to hear about your relative, that is so devastatingly sad. She was far too young for this nonsense. But then, everyone is too young to be torn away before their time.

Brian Miller said...

i am sorry for your loss...cancer has touched my family as well in many ways...yes we need to find a cure...

River said...

27 is way to young to die, no matter what the cause. But you're right, cancer is an awful, awful disease.

Al Penwasser said...

I'm very sorry to hear this. Even though it often sounds like a cliche, life ISN'T fair!

Jen said...

So true....even though progress has been made in many areas of this disease. Lets take a moment and pray a cure is not too far in the future.

EmptyNester said...

How heart wrenching. I'm so sorry she was taken so early.

My dad is having surgery Thursday to hopefully remove cancer from his prostate.

I really hate cancer.

How is Mr. Eva?

Caren with a "C" said...

Yesterday my sister would have turned 34. She died from lymphoma when she was 13. I'm truly sorry for your family's loss. I worry so much about the children that are left behind when parents pass on too soon. Sending my love your way.

Ed Pilolla said...

very sorry for your loss. there's so much cancer out there. everyone knows someone, and the victims are getting younger and younger.
seen you around... here from amy at she writes.

jenny_o said...

So young - so sad. I'm sorry for your loss, Eva.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh Eva, that's heartbreaking. I am so sorry for your families loss. There'd are really no words.
jj

Pastor Sharon said...

Oh, she was still a baby with babies. My this is so sad!

You are right, Eva. Too many dollars have been walked for, too many campaigns and where is the cure? Surely there must be something more we can do.

Pat said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing someone to cancer is hard at any age, but when it's someone so young, it's really hard to swallow. I will say a prayer for your family.

Deb said...

My sympathies to you and your family, Eva.

I too lost a cousin to leukemia. He was in his early 30's, no symptoms, discovered at a physical for a new job. A handsome, strapping young man in the prime of life. His fiance had a horrible time accepting Bill's death, but instead of wallowing in self-pity, she quit her job, went back to school, and is now an RN treating cancer patients.

No one knows the why of it all. It's often times so random and always so heartbreaking, but we endure and hopefully those of us left behind for now become better people.

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: Thank you.

Jen: I'm with you on that, Sis.

Jennyo: Thank you.

Deb: Thanks for the kind words, and I'm sorry for your loss as well. What a person his fiance must be!

SisterMerryHellish said...

Eva, and everyone else here, I'm so sorry to hear of your family and friends lost or still fighting for their lives. Don't give up hope.

We're getting closer every day.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44090512/ns/health-cancer/t/new-leukemia-treatment-exceeds-wildest-expectations/

Eva Gallant said...

SisterMH: I hope you are right!

injaynesworld said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

The cynic in my thinks the cure for cancer could have been found years ago, but for the fact that cancer is big business.

The Frisky Virgin said...

Everything you said is spot on. Spot on. Not a day goes by that it doesn't cross my mind. And not a day goes by that I don't pray.

I'm so very sorry. You and your family will be in my prayers. She is undoubtedly an angel watching over you all. *Hugs and love to you*

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: Thanks so much!

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: Thanks so much!