I Am the Best Friend
It’s been Cathy and Shirley, for as long as I can remember. Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum, 2 peas in a pod. She’s my other half, my sister from another mister, she’s my HEART. There is so much we have done together in our lives, and there is even more that we want to do in the future.
In 2005, when Cathy was diagnosed at 33, everything stopped. I have always admired Cathy because of her kind and caring heart. She is always smiling, quick with a joke, upbeat and ready to take on the world. This was different, this would be a struggle…. But, Cathy pushed through. Beating this monster! Success.
When just days before her 39th birthday, the cancer reappeared, she had to have a bilateral mastectomy, because it had invaded both of her breasts. Again, fought, and beaten….. or so we thought…. This past February, Cathy found out she was Stage IV, metastatic. The cancer has invaded every bone of her body, she will always have to be on some form of chemotherapy the rest of her life.
Cathy has been an outspoken patient advocate for Tri-Cap’s Komen Grant Program since 2006. Fighting for survivors, who, like herself, depend on those Komen dollars. We both know that at some point, Cathy will be, and probably already has, taken a lifesaving drug that has been funded by Komen research. The funds raised here in the Tri-State, help Cathy provide help to those in our community who are in the middle of their battle with Breast Cancer and need a helping hand. Cathy has been a passionate supporter of Komen because she understands the value that they bring to our community.
This has been a long, arduous battle, but her time is not over yet. We are looking forward to crossing more great things off the bucket list this year. That first trip to the beach was great, but hold on sweetie, the best is yet to come. I look forward to more trips to Kansas to visit with the family, maybe Cathy’s dad can give this city girl another lesson on the tractor?