October 02, 2011



Not to equate him to a human, but what took my dog, Hank, in the end, was cancer. Or they think it was; because of his age and overall health it was kinder to not cut him open and peek, but the stabby person felt a huge mass on his spleen. So he wound up having to go to the Bridge before we were ready for it.

The Woman's Dad had kidney cancer; he lost one of his kidneys to it, but it didn't kill him. he lived for a good ten years after.

The Woman's Mom had lymphoma. It didn't kill her, either. She was lucky, she got good treatment and beat that sucker down.

The Woman had a friend, Anne, who got breast cancer and beat it. But then it came back, and she couldn't kick its ass a second time. She and the Woman shared a birthday, even though it was a few years apart, but now every year on her birthday, the Woman thinks a lot about the friend she lost.

Edsel's mom had brain cancer, and we all know how that ended, and I'm still smarting over it.

Look at that shirt and all the names that are on it. They all had breast cancer. Some survived, some did not.

But it's too many names. After the Woman wrote all those names on the shirt, she had to sit back and take lots of deep breaths because it all just slapped her in the face.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Cancer is a bitch.

I can't go out and walk to raise money to fight cancer, but I can Livestrong today, and remember the people and friends (and Hank) who have had to fight for their lives because of it.

Today, yellow is the new pink.

13 comments:

Sparkle said...

One of my human's close friends died of breast cancer in 2005 - she was not even 38. I am purring that someday these tragedies come to an end.

HH and The Boys said...

What a beautiful post. Purrs.

pawhugs, Max

Teddy Westlife said...

Very well said, Max.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Extra hugs and purrs today.

We're purring for All Beings affected by cancer...and sending purrs and purrayers for all to LiveStrong.

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Beautiful memorial post to Hank. Great post to show hoe many people have been attached by this dreadful illness!

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Great post. Purring that there is a day without cancer. xoxo

Pip said...

Pawsome post Max! We knows your Woman does much fur those what fights the boobie cancer. We thanks her fur all she does to raise awareness and monies.

Gemini and Ichiro said...

What a pawsome post Max. You're right, for a cat that three day walk is a bitch...

The Island Cats said...

Great post, Max. And you are right...cancer sucks big time.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

We honor LiveStrong Day! We have been fortunate; others have not. The list on the shirt was depressingly impressive. It made us think long and hard.

Gigi said...

No, the doggies and kittehs are not the Humans, but my Human chose her vet becuse he said he felt just as bad when his dog died as he did when his father had a heart attack. She figured that's who she wanted looking after her kittehs.

We loved your great list of the week's activities too. The Human thinks she should let me have a chance to describe one of my weeks, too. Too bad there's no Buddah to chase, though.

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Wow. What a post, Max.

Anonymous said...

my mom died from breast cancer this past July way too young and too painfully. You post made me cry a bit, but thanks for waliking.