I learned last night that an amazing member our blogging community has suffered a tragic loss. Grace Liang’s husband, Robert, has lost his battle with cancer. When I read her Facebook post, my heart and my eyes welled up with so much sadness for Grace. So today I wanted to write a post dedicated to Grace and to everyone who has felt the heart-wrenching effects of cancer.
For those of you don’t know her, Grace is the beautiful, stylish, creative genius behind the blog Color and Grace. Since I began blogging and following Grace’s story, I have learned that she is kind, she is gentle, she is helpful, and she is a survivor. She is a beautiful person in so many ways. I praise her and respect her for all that she has already overcome. And I pray for healing and peace during this time of heartbreaking loss. I cannot even imagine the pain she is feeling right now. So today, I ask all members of the blogging community to please keep Grace in your thoughts and prayers. Surround her with love, peace, and kindness. And cherish all that you have with gratitude.
This life is a short one. And bad things happen to good people. Cancer does not discriminate and can strike anyone at any moment. And at that moment, it changes your life forever. I have lost both of my parents to this disease. I have lost friends to this disease. And I have watched other friends and family members fight with everything they have to beat the illness. But no matter the outcome, win or lose, cancer changes lives forever.
So today, in tribute to Grace and Robert, please take a moment to tell someone that you love them. Remember a lost loved one with fondness. Pause your arguing and political debates. Cease your judgments. Just for a moment, to honor all those who have been touched in some way by this life-changing disease.
I dedicate this post to Grace Liang and Robert Buck. Grace, I pray that you find peace on the other side of your grief.
I also dedicate this post to others who have fought valiantly and have lost:
My parents, Mary and Ralph Montoro.
My friends, Robyn Cecchini and Jennelle Geisberger.
To my friends and family who have also lost their loved ones to cancer:
Beth Burnett and Jill Burnett Horninger
Sarah, Emily, and Bill Cecchini
Karen, Alex, Bethann, and Amanda Casciano
Mary Rose Michael and Karisa Rose
Debi Mathews and Shanna Koscinski
To my friends and family members who have fought and won as well as those who are continuing their fight in champion fashion. You are inspirations to me and wonderful examples of strength, courage, and fortitude.
Anne M. Bray
Nicholle Anderson (You can follow Nicholle’s story of bravery and strength as she is currently in the middle of her battle and kicking cancer’s butt on her blog Stick by Nik. This woman is so inspirational!)
I know I have forgotten to name many others and I apologize for that. This post is causing a lot of emotions, which I did not expect. So please forgive me.
But let’s do this…to honor your loved ones who have fought or are fighting cancer, please mention their names in the comment section. And as you read through the names in the comments, please take a moment to send out positive thoughts and prayers to each and every one of them. Thank you.
Feeling emotional on the edge,
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P.S. I usually post my Link Up On the Edge on Thursdays. I am holding off on that link up until tomorrow afternoon. Please check back then to add your links.