Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday with Meghan

Our daughter-in-law, Meghan Baker, left us on April 27 of this year, over 5 months ago.  There is much to learn and remember about her.  She was quite a woman. She was full of love and laughter and fight and she was real.  She faced the horrible truth the best way she knew how~ by being as honest as she could about it.
Adam and Meghan in July 2008

I liked lots of things about Meghan.  For one thing she didn't want you to feel sorry for her.  She didn't dwell on her illness with a depressing 'woe is me' attitude.  She acted as if, "this is the hand I was dealt~ let's deal with it and do what it takes to get better".

You may have followed her while she was writing her blog, The Bees Knees.  If you haven't already done so,  you may want to meet her and get a sense of who she was and how see handled it all.   It was two years ago that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She and Adam were in Korea teaching English to Korean school kids. Adam suggested she write a blog.

Her first reaction to that idea was, "No bloody way".  She was very private person.  But then the idea of it somehow helping others was enough to convince her to write it for her family, friends and complete strangers.  

We all were able to get a sense of what it was like.  If you read the first post after her diagnosis you can get an idea of how she handled the shock of hearing the 'C' word....She had a way of describing it so you can imagine what it was like with her.

Maybe you know someone who has cancer and is having a difficult time with it and having any of it make sense.  Maybe reading Meghan's blog will help.  Many of us were inspired by her and I hope you find some help for you or your friends.  That is why Meghan wrote her blog.  I hope you take a look.

One of the things that has happened is that a 'ForTheLoveOfMeghan' group has grown on Facebook.  Out of that, a number of people have created "ForTheLoveOfMeghan" teams to run in various Susan G. Komen or Canada CBC runs across the States and Canada.  One is running in Virginia Beach this weekend.  Kelly, Pam and I are going to be joined by Bill and Marg Baker (her parents from Petrolia, Canada)
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We will also be running for Barbara Brown, a good friend with three kids and husband Jon.  We saw them earlier this summer while we were in Niagara Falls.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the summer and had her first chemo session last week.
This is Barb back in July when Pam presented her with a set of boxing gloves and told her to "Fight like a Girl!".  She will and we are expect a good outcome.


Thanks for joining me on the Roadrunner Chronicles and for the first edition of "Mondays with Meghan".

10 comments:

  1. I have read the Bees Knees and love it. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and I admire everyone who participates in Race for the Cure.

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  2. What a beautiful post.

    I, too, have read Bees Knees. Her spirit lives on.

    Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    {{hugs}}

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  3. Almost 22 years ago I lost my best friend to breast cancer. I miss her to this day. I will be sure to read Megans blog.

    Phyllis

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  4. One of our good friends has been battling stage 4 breast Cancer for about 4 years(she is in her 30's)...She has organized a yearly Breast Cancer run in Dothan Alabama, where whe lives..We love you Sandi!!!

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  5. Thank you for posting this, Randy. As part of her family, I know how we all watched Meghan`s struggle with alternating feelings of concern, helplessness, admiration, fear and overwhelming love. We all know that she lost this battle in the end but I pray that her story will help win the war against cancer. Meghan would have been happy about that!
    Our best to all your family,
    Karen

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  6. Randy.Thank you for this post I am currently in my old childhood home,in PA. I will be giving my younger sister home care after she has major surgery Thursday, You may not know but I lost my younger brother to cancer in Dec. He was 56 and left a 17 year old daughter who is now alone trying to cope with her loss and keeping her Dad's and her home.I am going through a tough time because everywhere I go I am reminded by good hearted friends and relatives of how much I look like my late brother and how we could have been twins .Your post is helping through this grieving process.Which I thought was over, but I guess as you know it never ends.God Bless you, Be safe out there.. Sam & Donna.

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  7. Meghan was a special young lady and she will be watching over you during the walk you are doing in her honor.

    Hopefully they will find a cure soon!

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  8. Thanks for your blog today. It is a timely reminder that life can change in a split second and how grateful we need to be for the family/friends we have in our life.

    Love your new picture at the top of your blog.

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  9. Thank you for your post, and sharing your heartfelt experience with cancer. Meghan was such a beautiful woman, incredible and I am sorry you lost her. I have two family members with breast cancer, I feel your pain. Talking and getting the word out is the best way to help you heal, and educate others. Thank you.

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