Cancer Takes It Away

This is an amazing video.

It is about the life of Angelo and Jennifer Merendino.

Initially, they a lived a fairy tale life, until she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

You can see in the video the brutal transformation Jennifer underwent from the disease.

Yet, the love and togetherness this couple maintained is inspiring.

A link with photos of this couple’s battle with cancer is here.

Jennifer died on December 22, 2011 at the young age of 40.

Angelo, a NY photographer compiled their painstaking journey in a book called The Battle We Didn’t Choose available at their website My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer.

It is difficult to look at the pictures of Jennifer’s illness and deterioration, especially when marked in contrast to her husband throughout.

The numerous personal pictures makes me feel a little uncomfortable, even as I believe, they are meant to be educational and giving–with 1/2 the proceeds from the book’s profits to be going to a non-profit for breast cancer victims.

The story is very tragic, yet too often repeated throughout society…some may be able to find hope in it, and to appreciate what we have, when we have it.

Even The Buses Celebrate

Even The Buses Celebrate

A great Independence Day it is.

Even the buses celebrate with the flag proudly mounted and displayed.

What does Independence Day mean to you?

– Freedom

– Human rights

– Democracy

Important ideals to appreciate.

We are so fortunate to be independent.

All values worth fighting for. šŸ˜‰

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

And She Was…

Seeing and hearing the candidates continuous jockeying for the women’s vote in their speeches, debates, and commercials, it was sort of funny to see this sign hanging in a local store.

Anyway, I don’t know who the “she” is in this advertisement–but I think it refers to basically all women–and the description is supposed to be the many positive attributes they have–professionally and personally.

Regardless of the adjectives, maybe the point is to respect, appreciate, and treat women properly in every way–and not just at election session.

And to recognize that you can’t charm their vote, you must earn it with truth, trust, and equality.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)