Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tribute Post To My Friend Ann - "Cancer Picked The Wrong Bitch!"

Ann As Britney Spears Halloween '99
Don't kill me Ann - it was the easiest one to find!
Warning - image far below contains nudity of a very brave woman! (and a kitty!)

This past winter I discovered that one of my friends that I have known since college had developed breast cancer. Ann is only a couple of years older than I am so this was quite a shock. I have to say, she has been handling it admirably. I don't get to talk to her much, but I catch up with her through Facebook and get to read snippits about her day and her battle with the big "C".

When I visited her back in the winter she was going through Chemo, trying to  shrink her tumor before removing any tissue. Since she is a young woman, I can definitely respect that choice. Ann didn't want to lose too much of her boobs so this was her best option. She made the most of it. She took it as a chance to accessorize - matching head scarves to shoes and what not. I tried to get her to let me do a piece on her illness and how it has influenced her fashion choices (and how she keeps it fun) but that hasn't panned out. She never sent me the pictures! You really should see her shoe closet - it'ts quite amazing.

Now after several months of waiting I get a note from her yesterday (paraphrased): "forget fashion accessories! I've got scars!" with a link to a photo gallery. Apparently, she has had her tumor removed and is now going through radiation. She is celebrating this next step of her cancer battle by posing topless showing off her scar. 

So please, take a look at her gallery by clicking the caption below her image and celebrate the incredible strength of this woman!

Ann by Aly Darin Photography
I wanted to share this with you as a I am sure we all know women who, like Ann, have had to go through this. As I have 3 women in my family who have had breast cancer I consider it not an "if" but a "when" for me. And when I get breast cancer I hope I can handle it with the same type of spirit Ann has shown me.

Incidentally, Ann takes credit for introducing me to my husband. It is her fault really. All her fault.

I love you, Ann! You rock, girl!!!