I introduced them to each other about 4 years ago. My sweet friend Erica had been winning her battle with cancer for some time. She was such an inspiration to Joan, an incredibly strong leader who I admire greatly. They talked a lot about chemo and what to expect and became friends. It always made me feel good to know they had connected.
When Erica died, Joan spent a lot of time comforting me and talking to me about it all while she was battling the same horrible disease. Shouldn't I have been the one comforting her? It never seems to work that way.
Today Joan went home too and I know without a shadow of a doubt that Erica was there welcoming her. I'm sad for all of us who care so deeply for her, but I'm happy that she doesn't have to be sick anymore. My heart is broken for her young daughter who has to grow up without her mommy here by her side.
Erica was 26 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer and Joan was only 39. Both were diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colon cancer that had spread to their livers. They both fought as hard as they could for 4 years. My heart just aches today :(
In honor of both of them, i feel like i have to write this: if you are reading this and you have experienced blood in your stool, have abnormal pain in your abdomen or have had a complete change in your bm's talk to your dr. Colon cancer is easy to find and remove. Don't be afraid of a colonoscopy it could save your life.