Today, and Every Single Day, We Must Live Strong Together

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.

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51 thoughts on “Today, and Every Single Day, We Must Live Strong Together

  1. Eric and Flynn

    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.

  2. Marg

    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.

  3. Feeling Beachie - Hilary

    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…

  4. Simba

    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!

  5. Glogirly & Katie

    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

  6. Old Kitty

    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

  7. Penelope

    Brian, yous rocks (and concatulations to your Daddy). we too is purraying today for everyone whose lives have been impacted by this awful disease!

  8. jet

    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.

  9. Whisppy

    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!

  10. GreatGranny

    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

  11. Clooney

    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.)

  12. Abby

    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.
    ✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.

  13. Scylla, Socks & Fenris

    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,

  14. Sherlock,Ash and Traveler

    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!

  15. meowmeowmans

    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.

  16. Spitty the Kitty

    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

  17. Oui Oui

    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.

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