Today we are proud to participate in LiveStrong 2012. We do this to help raise the awareness of the important fight against cancer. Think about it for a minute, many of our human loved ones have been touched by cancer and many of our critter pals have been as well.
Once again this year, I would like to just take a minute to tell you about two in my life. My Grandma had cancer. She fought very, very hard and was so determined to beat it. She was so very close to beating it went a horrible infection took her from us. She had the will to fight and she was winning, but her overall health wouldn’t let her beat away the infections, so we lost her. The second is my Dad. Yep, he had a fight with skin cancer. That was four years ago and he is still cancer free. We still keep a very close eye on him and will not let him leave the house without mega-sunscreen.
Then there were two cats who were here way before I was even born, way before! The first is Paws, she fought very hard against cancer and let it be known when it was time to go to the Rainbow Bridge. I understand she was a gentle soul that fought so very hard. Paws lived to be 20. Then there was Beth. One day, in what seemed out of the blue, Dad and Mom noticed her face looked strange, it had a strange shape to it. Yep, cancer reared it’s ugly head. She fought too, but decided she had to leave. Beth as 16 when she went to the Rainbow Bridge. Both Paws and Beth were Calicos.
I just think the LiveStrong words are purrfect. Both of those words are important in this fight. In a way, both of these words are like us bloggers. Individually we can win any battle, but together we can whip anything, including this awful disease. Today, and henceforth, we must LiveStrong, together.
We send you our purrs as you remember those who were taken by the evil cancer. Our mum’s parents both died from it far too young, and as you know, our mum was diagnosed with it last year but thankfully survived and remains clear.
We sure are remembering all those that have fought the disease. And we sure hope your Dad’s cancer stays away for ever. Lots of peeps and kitties to remember today. Take care.
So many four legged & two legged friends struggle with the disease… Like Marg, I hope your dad stays cancer free…. I am so thankful that we had Alex for a full year (and a couple of weeks) after his cancer surgery…
Lovely post in tribute. I join you in the wish that someday there will be no more cancer ad the evil it brings. Hugs GJ xx
This is a wonderful post, Brian. Our family’s story has many parallels to yours. Both our grandmas and my Mom’s sister were lost to cancer although they fought very very hard. Our Dad had a bad case of skin cancer on his ear nearly 5 years ago, and even had to have radiation treatments for it. He also uses the super duper strength sunscreen. Purrs and headbutts to you all and LIVESTRONG!
What an inspiring post, Brian! My dad’s been battling skin cancer, too – that sunscreen is so important!
We are purring for all those hurt by this evil disease and will make sure we top up our purrs for your Dad.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
We must livestrong everyday and lovestrong too!!!
We will add our purrs so your dad stays cancer free, and we purr in the memory of those you have lost.
wonderful post. keep on your dad about the sunscreen……
Our family has also been touched by the evil cancer. We posted about the Mommie’s sister and her cancer battle on our site.
This is a beautiful post Brian. You’re dad is so very lucky…did you know that skin cancer is the most deadliest of all? Doesn’t even seem possible. So sorry for the loss of your Grandma. We know that now matter how long it has been, it still hurts. And purrs and prayers for the kitties that came before you and fought the brave fight.
We’re remembering our friends and family we’ve lost to cancer today too. …and those that are still fighting the brave fight for their lives.
xo, Katie & Glogirly
What a beautiful post. We send purrrs to all those touched by this terrible disease.
hugs, Max, Bugsy, and Knuckles
Thanks for visiting and leaving a message on my birthday.
Purring hard for a cure. *bows head in respectful prayer* Cancer knows no biases. It affects young, old, rich, poor, black, white.
Big hugs to Dad and yay for him!!!! Go, Dad!!!
We think this is a beautiful post for remembering brave Grandma, Paws and Beth! Take care
Hooray for your dad, Brian! We all must livestrong every day and lovestrong too.
So pleased for your dad!
LiveStrong and Lovestrong dear friends. xx
wonderful post brian, all my best wishes to all heroes who are still fighting against cancer and my compassion to all who lost someone
good post. Live Strong every day
Cancer will not win! I am purring for a cure.
Brilliant post Brian..I lost my Grandmother and Dad to cancer. 🙁 Live strong everyday.
Mollie and Alfie
Wow!!!!! Awesome post!
Brian, yous rocks (and concatulations to your Daddy). we too is purraying today for everyone whose lives have been impacted by this awful disease!
We have lost to many to this horrid disease too,well done for Spreading the word
Hey Brian, Jet here.
Thanks for reminding us to be mindful of cancer. Our golden sister, Koko, crossed OTRB last September from spleen cancer. Mom tells me that there’s cancer all over her family tree. So, take care of yourselves and support those facing this terrible illness.
We are purring for everyone whose lives have been affected by cancer. We didn’t know about your Dad but we’re glad he has all of you to remind him to put on the mega sunscreen!
We went yellow too – so many of us have been affected by the big C!
Beutiful post , Brian !
LiveStrong and LiveLong <3
Dear Brian, we’re so happy that your Dad is cancer free. And we feel bad for all the kitties and woofies and beans who have suffered from this evil disease.
xoxo Kassey and her Mom
Thanks for sharing your personal story. We are all purring together today to live strong. to share, educate and create awareness.
Brian, beautifully said. We will add our prayers to the strength of everyone to live strong and love strong.
We are so sorry about your Grandma and the kitties that came before but are thrilled that your Dad is doing well!!!
We are purrin today fer all who have gone from the C, those who have it, and those who have lost friends to it.
Wonderful post Brian, we join you today in remembering the special ones lost. We will LiveStrong. (PS. We are so happy about your Dad, that is fantastic and we are purring for you for your vet visit, for all to go well.)
This was a very beautiful post. Our Mom also had a battle with melanoma, but it was in 1991.They treated it differently then than they do now, but she has been cancer free since that time. WE are so glad your Dad is as well. We will purr for all of those taken too soon from us because of this ugly disease.
Well as you know very well Brain calico girls are special. We are very sorry about Paws and Beth. And we are very sorry about your Grandma.
We are so happy your Daddy beat the Evil C. We purrs he remains cancer free. Hugs & Love,
great post, Brian! we pray there will be a cure for cancer soon!
Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie
Oh Brian….you are our hero. Thanks for spreading the word.
We lost our Libby last October to the big C.
With a world without cancer~
We remember all our loved ones who fought the battle against cancer and we give all our love. We are so sorry about Paws and Beth and your Grandma 🙁 We send our love and hugs.
We are very happy that your Daddy won the battle against cancer! Yay!
Good for your dad! 🙂
We look forward to the day when “cancer” is just a word for something that used to exist. We join you Living Strong today, and every day.
We stand proudly at your side in this battle. Too many have been lost too soon and too many hearts have been left broken. LiveStrong.
We purr for all those affected by the evil C. Unfortunately, that’s way too many of us. Livestrong!
The Human has family and furiends who have made it, and who have not. Lately, more seem to be beating the odds, so we hope the Humans keep working for research and funding because good treatments really *do* save lives!! XOXOXOXO
Yes, that is the way with cancer. As if the disease isn’t bad enough, something else will happen like an infection, or dehydration and everything snowballs into a horrid life threatening disaster. We purr for better, less invasive treatments as well as a cancer free world. We are so sorry for your loses.
You are a good spokescat, Brian. We’re sorry for your losses, but glad your dad is a survivor!
We dream of a day when the world is cancer free.
Truffle and Brulee
Great post! So many people are touched by cancer.
We hope that some day in the near future we can say GOODBYE forever to the “C” Monster!