Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two Women

There was a story broadcast on the Fox channel in New York about a young 36 year old Jewish woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 28. Unfortunately the cancer - which doctors believed was caught early - has metastasized and has spread thoughout her body. She is now considered terminal.

When one watches the above video however one does not see a moribund person at all. One sees a woman who has an unbelievable attitude about both life and death. And despite her prognosis there is an aura of hope exuding from her. The above video is about 8 minutes long but it is definitely worth watching for its sobering and yet inspiring message.

I can all too easily relate to her predicament. A very close relative - someone near and dear to me - was diagnosed with breast cancer over 20 years ago. She had a mastectomy at the time and has had many productive years since - until about a year ago. Cancer ultimately returned in a different form and we just learned yesterday that there is nothing more doctors can do for her.

The family is devastated by the news which for me has dampened an otherwise wonder Sukkos vacation here is Israel. May God grant them both a reprieve from this terrible decree!

Hat tip: MiMedinat HaYam