The Ripple Effect Of Cancer, a personal story

May 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

By: Jeff Hewitt

Growing up, I had a lot of cancer around me. Both my grandfathers died of the disease and so did my third grade teacher who taught me to read and write.

When I was a child, I did everything with my best friend Jeff Brodsky We lived in the same neighborhood and our families were very close. I remember Jon’s mom Leslie who would pick us up on cool, clear summer mornings to take us to the beach. She was always positive, laid back and happy-go-lucky whose primary concern was the well being of her two sons.

At the age of 24, Leslie was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she bravely fought for two years. After surviving this disease, she devoted her life to bringing cancer awareness to others. She appeared on TV and volunteered with countless patients in the grips of their illness, sharing her experience of strength and hope. I think she valued life more then before enduring the uphill battle of cancer. She felt every day was a blessing to be with her husband and two sons. Her attitude was one of passion and purpose, and it showed in her brilliant smile and caring affection expressed to all.

Then at the age of 45 she was hit again with the bad news. This time it was lung cancer (Leslie was a non-smoker). I cannot begin to comprehend how hard it must have been for her to receive the news of having to go one more time through cancer treatment and the physical and emotional turmoil it caused. She fought the disease with dignity and grace, always staying positive. Every morning I remember pulling up to her house and Jon walking out to the car, with her watching from the threshold of the front door. If her health permitted, she would see Jon off to school. She did a wonderful job as a mother, wife, and close friend, while she suffered so much from this disease.

Leslie will always be remembered for her great volunteer work and her own brave fight with cancer that speaks a universal language of hope through adversity. She always kept a positive spirit even when the odds were not in her favor. Her spirit lives on through the countless souls she touched with her loving message of strength and hope. This is only one of the infinite stories of how cancer affects the lives of so many people, not just the one suffering.


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