Cancer Sucks

The scarf I’m wearing in this photo was sent to me by Chico’s as part of their Stand Up To Cancer awareness campaign. Every time I wear it, I think about my Aunt Peggy.


I consider myself very lucky to have had some extremely amazing women in my life who have influenced me and shaped the way I see the world. My Aunt Peggy was one of these women. She passed away a few years ago from lung cancer.

photo-2Growing up, I was always extremely close to my aunt. She babysat me while my mother worked. When I was in high school, whenever I would get into trouble, I would call my Aunt Peggy before calling my parents. I could even talk her into coming and “checking me out” when I wanted to get out of school for something.

One of my favorite memories that I will always cherish of my Aunt Peggy is the way we used to play “you got the last lick.” We did this from the time I was a child up until a few months before her death. Even after going through chemo, she still had the energy to chase me around the house and give me the last lick. She always won.

When she died, I was devastated. It’s hard to grasp the fact that a horrible disease could take away such an amazing and vibrant life in such a short period of time. Cancer sucks.


Now every time I wear this scarf, I like to think I’m wrapping myself up in my aunt’s arms. Just like I am in the photo.

P.S. Aunt Peggy, until we meet again, you definitely got the last lick. I love you.


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