Simply Wrote…Cancer awareness

By Heather Kinder - [email protected]

When writing a column you have weeks where the words just flow and then there are weeks like I am apparently having that no words I type seem to be the right words.

I thought about writing more on the upcoming holidays, but that did not seem right.

I thought about writing on the end of high school football season, but again that did not seem right.

There are so many things going on in our area that effect our towns, communities and the people who live here, but these things did not seem right.

If I were playing baseball I would be on strike three right about now and be out.

The only topic that came to mind is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I know October is over and this should have been something I wrote about in the beginning of October, but I find this topic to be something I struggle with.

Breast Cancer Awareness should not be one month out of every year. We should be aware and show awareness every day.

I was a sophomore in high school when my mom was diagnosed with stage four breast and bone cancer. As you may or may not be able to imagine this turned my family upside down.

My mom, if you knew her was more concerned about her family and how her illness was going to affect us. She always had a smile on her face no matter what she was going through.

She passed away in 1999 just shy of my 19 birthday.

Some of you knew about this before me writing it here for others to read, but some would have never known had I not chose to share.

I am not sure why I decided to share, but the one thing I do know is cancer does not discriminate. It does not care if you are young, old, mother, father, husband, wife or child.

Most of us know someone who has or has had cancer. It is a battle we all fight at one time or another. When a friend or loved one is diagnosed we go to war.

By Heather Kinder

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Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]

Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]


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