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Hi Judy,

Thank you for your heartening response. We have been "in the dark" on how to support our mother with this issue that she has been dealing with for so very long. We assumed she was struggling with this by herself, and much to our relief she has found others like her. It has given her much joy to know that her children have taken interest in this with her--and now she has the support of "us."

I urge you to press other people in the MFF to speak openly with their friends and family about the MFF and what is has meant for them to be a part of this organization. It will most certainly light some light-bulbs for others who have been just as perplexed as we have been. We didn't know if we could talk about it with her--or if she felt comfortable because to mention it is a reminder to her, and to us, that our mother has cancer--and that is terrifying.

I'm sorry to ramble on, but I am deeply concerned for her well-being and her quality of life, and I am afraid to even utter the words, "the end of her life." I am the youngest (although 38) and I don't know what I am going to do without her. Cancer is a crossroad where logic and emotions collide. I wish it was just a rash; I am angry, but I don't know why; I cry when I think about the reality--but I have witnessed that happiness vastly improves the quality of life in whatever state anyone is in--so I am making it my task to encourage happiness for my mom. I thank you for doing the same for her--and for yourself.

I am dropping the check in the mail today, and thank you again for your help.

Sincerely,
John Durrance