Yesterday, the world lost two amazingly strong, smart, caring women. Both women lost their lives to stage IV breast cancer. Both women were strong leaders in the breast cancer community. A huge hole has been left.
Susan Niebur, of Toddler Planet, is survived by her husband and her two boys. Her boys are very close to my own son's age. I can't imagine the pain they are feeling right now. Susan lived with inflammatory breast cancer for the past 5 years. She was an amazing voice and shared so much with so many. I actually came to know her (via the internet) before my own diagnosis. And was even then amazed by her strength. When I was diagnosed, she reached out to me, even though she was dealing with her own health issues. She had kind and comforting words to share. Susan will be greatly missed. She was a powerhouse in the blogging world.
Rachel Cheetham Moro, of The Cancer Culture Chronicles, also passed away yesterday. I didn't know Rachel as well as I knew Susan. I came to know Rachel through a weekly chat on twitter for breast cancer. Rachel was a smart woman, and feisty. She was an incredible writer who brought attention to many issues in the breast cancer world. I've read many of her blog posts and just had to nod my head in agreement with all she said. She, like Susan, was a powerful voice in the breast cancer. And will also be greatly missed.
I can not believe we lost both of these women yesterday. My heart is so heavy and I've shed many tears. I will miss them. And am sending many prayers and much love to their families today.
*Here's where I'd like to remind you that in addition to these two lovely women, about 108 other women passed away because of breast cancer yesterday. 110 women will die today. And 110 will die tomorrow. Everyday, 110 families lose incredible women to breast cancer. Pink ribbons are not enough anymore. We need to do more.