There are few people in this world who have the privilege of knowing someone since birth. For better or worse, my life has been tied together with Kara’s from the very beginning. It’s now been 30+ years, and I don’t see things changing any time soon. It is wonderful and lovely to have her in my life.
As you read in the title, I am introducing a series on living with incurable cancer, more ominously known as terminal cancer. Kara has agreed to let me interview her and share her story on Anywhere & Here. The facts are, Kara was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29. She went through an incredible litany of treatments, operations and medications. And lo and behold, it worked! For about three and a half years Kara was in remission. And then, the cancer came back with vengeance. It attacked organ and bone. It is living inside her and every day it has the power to remain constant or to grow and spread. For now she is happy, feeling good and trying to make the most of each day.
I’ll be honest, when I approached Kara with this series, she very politely reminded me that there are numerous forums that exist with these types of stories. But I want to explore Kara’s story specifically. And I want to share her story because I think there are a good many of us out there who are scared to ask our friends with life altering illnesses certain questions.
So keep an eye out for this series in the coming month or so. It will be a series of interview-style posts exploring aspects of living with incurable cancer. And we’ll all get to know Kara a bit more, and you’ll discover her incredible strength, determination and downright grit.
PS Kara is organizing her own team for Tour de Pink this year. B & I have decided to join her. This is a three day bike ride from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. If you are interested in supporting the team, please consider a donation. If you’re interested in joining the team, please feel free to contact me. Encouragement and your own personal stories are very welcome too.