However, I think such jubilation is misplaced in October. The month is named "National Breast Cancer Awareness" month, yet the awareness that breast cancer kills is swept under the pinked-out carpet.
When I last wrote about Wanda, she was hospitalized for pneumonia and low platelets. She was released from the hospital and was home for three pain-filled weeks before being admitted again this week. At this point, it appears her liver is failing, along with several other life-threatening issues. While her breathing is labored, she is not in pain and she is sleeping a lot. Her prognosis is grim as she is unable to withstand any other treatments to address the cancer ravaging her body. Barring a miracle, Wanda's time on this side of eternity is coming to an end.
Wanda is a face of the ugly reality of breast cancer. It's hard to celebrate recovery from such insidiousness when I see my beloved friend and her family. Wanda is a real face of how breast cancer steals life. It is so not fair and my heart is breaking.