My great grandmother was such a special person. She was loved by so many people especially her grandchildren. I remember long summer days at her house as a kid and she was always a stable person in my life. Always loving, always kind. That’s just who she was. Shortly before my 18th birthday my Great Grandmother got very sick and we found out that she had breast cancer. Her battle began and ended fast but for millions of others who have the ability to fight they fight with passion in their hearts. The same passion that fueled my Grandmothers love for almost everything lives within millions of other women in this country.
I remember the day I was feeling really alone. I was mad about circumstances in my life that were not in my control. After coming in from a swim at my Grandmother’s house I burst into tears. She gently wrapped me in a towel and told me the story from her own childhood. As we sat there in the warm Southern California sunshine she too had felt heartbreak and she told me about it, she told me that even in the worst of times you have to remember all the love that binds us. She told me about the first time she laid her eyes on me and just how proud she was of me. She left me feeling like I could go on, that no matter how heartbroken I feel today tomorrow there will be endless amounts of joy. Every time I feel this way in my life I look back on her and I can almost feel the sunshine on my back.
The truth is cancer affects so many lives and even in the worst of situations you must fight on. You must remember that there can be a better tomorrow. That value of faith and being brave enough to have faith is something my Grandmother instilled in me and I hope that no matter what you go through in life that you are brave enough to fight on for another day. If you are the loved one of someone battling cancer know that your battle is not one to be fought alone.
American Cancer Society (ACS) is working hard to fight breast cancer with their Making Strides initiative. This nationwide breast cancer walk is striving to support those that have been affected, empower others, and cheer on survivors, all while fighting to end this disease. Each year I walk with my Grandmother heavy in my heart. Each moments I miss her I remember the sunshine on that day and I pick my head up and walk on. Breast cancer has affected my life and has affects the lives of millions of women. I am proud to support the American Cancer Society (ACS) by telling the story of my Grandmother and by walking bravely forward.
“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the American Cancer Society (ACS).”