Today marks the one year anniversary of my Mother’s passing. A year ago today, my Mom lost her life to cancer. They say the grieving process gets easier as the days go by. And it’s true. It doesn’t completely go away but everyday you find new ways to grieve and remember the one you loved the most.
I encourage everyone to educate and inform your parents about cancer. It’s a devastating disease and the only way we can fight it successfully is by early detection. My Mom was a healthy 58 year old, who lived an active lifestyle and enjoyed the company of her grandkids. Little did we know, one simple MRI scan changed everything. She was first diagnosed in 2008. Surgery was a success and the cancer was in remission for two years. We caught it early. But this cancer was very rare and aggressive so early detection was not enough to keep her alive forever. It did, however, give her an extra two years to live which might have not been the case had we detected it later.
Fuck Cancer (www.letsfcancer.com) is a movement that encourages us, Generation Y, to talk to our parents about the signs of cancer or even to encourage them to get screened for the disease. Your parents gave you the sex talk, now it’s your turn to give them the cancer talk. Join the movement. You may actually save a life or two.
Today we remember and celebrate my Mother’s life. To honour her and to look back at all the fond memories we have of her. Memories never die.
Use cash. To make sure you don’t go over budget on any Christmas shopping, use cash. I’m sure most, if not all, of you budget what you’re going to spend for each person you’re buying gifts for. To prevent overspending, take out cash and leave your plastic at home.
Otherwise, use credit card. NOT debit cards. Christmas is a prime time for fraud to happen. I work in retail and one of our stores was hit by fraud recently. The employees had left the debit machine unattended, and someone switched it out. So all of the cards that were swiped afterwards had their pin numbers taken and bank accounts depleted. Using credit cards will minimize this risk because it goes through the credit card company, and not your bank account directly.
1. A modern tea set - I love drinking tea. I drink it almost everyday and prefer it over coffee.
2. A polaroid camera - I love polaroids and this new modern digital polaroid camera is just what I need/want :)
3. A fondue set - Ever since going to the Melting Pot, I’ve been obsessed about fondues because it’s sooo delicious! But expensive. So I figure I want my own fondue set to make my own fondue so I don’t have to spend so much at the Melting Pot.