Breast Cancer Awareness Month CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF JOANNE
H alloween is often associated with the month of October, but this month, we also celebrate an occasion near and dear to my heart: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My mother-in-law from my first marriage, Joanne, had breast cancer in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and she lost her life to the horrible disease when she was only 50 years old. Joanne battled her cancer for three years, and during that time, she lived her life to the fullest. Joanne was delightful. She always had a smile on her face, and my fondest memories of her involve her infectious laugh. She was very involved in her church, and she loved her faith. Joanne loved her family so much, and she always insisted on having Thanksgiving and Christmas at her house so we could all be together. At the end of the night, we would all gather around the piano to sing while she played. Joanne loved raising dahlias, baking, and singing at church. She was a joyous soul.
“Joanne loved raising dahlias, baking, and singing at church. She was a joyous soul.”
and Joanne got her wish of seeing her family together and happy.
Joanne taught me not to take life so seriously. She reminded me to take time to sit back and enjoy what I’ve accomplished and to give thanks for what I have. When Joanne had breast cancer, there were no organizations dedicated to raising awareness and support for sufferers. I am very thankful that those organizations exist today, and I love that we now have a month dedicated to those who have fought and are still fighting the battle against breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rue & Primavera will be offering free lymphedema consults in the month of October for any women who have had or who currently have breast cancer. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, call our office at 360-279-8383. We would love to help in any way we can.
Unfortunately, cancer often wreaks havoc on an entire family, which is what happened to our family. When Joanne was diagnosed, her family disagreed on the ways in which she should be treated. In the early 1980s, chemotherapy was still experimental, and doctors were not sure if Joanne’s cancer would benefit from radiation. All Joanne wanted was for her family to get along and to live out her last days in happiness. Eventually, everyone accepted Joanne’s decision, and the family came together to support her. The last thing Joanne wanted to do before she passed was to take a trip to the Oregon Coast with her family. We all drove down together, stayed on the beach, and enjoyed making memories together. It was a wonderful trip,
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