Instead, she found herself in the midst of the most intense battle of her life to date. And, coming to terms with the word CANCER. Being stuck with needles-too many times to recall, receiving her port to make treatments easier (well, less invasive...let's be truthful here...nothing about CANCER nor its treatments is easy), rounds of CHEMO, hospitalizations (which included extended stays in the E.R. because there were no rooms available), set backs due to illness from a weakened immune system in the midst of flu season, followed by radiation.
|During Brooke's most recent hospital stay, she had a visit from a sweet therapy dog.|
Throughout this entire process, Brooke showed more poise and grace than anyone I know. She continued to smile, to "worry" about others, and give of herself when she could. That is just Brooke. Kind, Caring, Gracious, Compassionate, Giving. Believe you me, it can all be verified by reading the comments her friends left on her Caring Bridge site.
On January 21st of this year, Brooke was able to announce to the world and all those who had been praying for her that she was indeed in REMISSION! Praise God.
That did not mean difficult days were over. One more hospitalization and radiation treatments were in order.
Again, Brooke showed grace and courage through it all.
|Outside the Duke Cancer Center after her last treatment.|
|Attending the Duke/UNC game to celebrate!!|
I know you are all probably wondering where I am going with all this. I will tell you...
Brooke will be participating in RELAY for LIFE in April. She will walk with her friends and fellow supporters from her Alma Mater, Wingate University.
Brooke is currently raising money for the event.
Let's face it. Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been affected by CANCER. I personally long for the day I never have to hear that word uttered to anyone ever again!!!
And, while we feel helpless most of the time there is something we CAN do...and that is give. Give so that more research can be done, better screenings developed, more advanced treatments, and finally and the most important reason of all is a CURE!!
I am including a link to Brooke's Relay for Life page. Give if you feel led to. If not for Brooke, than give in honor or memory of someone else you do personally know. As I mentioned earlier, we all have been touched in some way by CANCER.
Brooke's Bag N Cancer Page
Thank you and God Bless!