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Day 16

25 Oct

Hello everyone! Today’s photo challenge reads:

A picture of someone who inspires you

This is my best friend Maggie. As many of you have probably read in previous posts, Maggie and I have been best friends since I moved up the street from her when we were 4/5. We were inseparable growing up. Whatever Maggie did, I did. Whatever I did, Maggie did and we never could imagine it any other way. What you don’t know is a little over a year after we took this picture, Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the ripe age of 23, Maggie’s doctor told her that the lump she found in her left breast was in fact, cancerous. What I witnessed over the last year was that Maggie didn’t let this whole cancer thing take over her life. Yes, there were days when she was sick and was tired but she never stopped living her normal life. I was so glad that I got to visit her in St.Louis last November when I was home from Sweden for a bit. It was so refreshing to me that even though Maggie had lost her hair and was going through chemo, we still acted like those same little girls who grew up on Arbor Meadow Ct.

Maggie- you inspire me to never take a single day for granted. That no matter what, I can get through whatever turmoil may be going on in my life. I am so proud of you and so honored to tell people about my 23-year-old best friend who is a breast cancer survivor. And even though we may be a million miles apart,  you will always be my best friend.

MEC=done with chemo!!

19 Jan

I felt inspired to write another blog post today.  No, something miraculous didn’t happen in my life that I feel like I have to write about. Nor, did something happen in Sweden that I feel utterly intrigued to write another blog post about either. The truth is, my best friend, Maggie Clubb, has her LAST chemo treatment today and I couldn’t be more proud of her! Yes, that’s right, the VERY LAST one is today!!! I wish like hell that I could be next to her as they take out that last tube and say “okay Maggie, you’re done.” I wish that I could at least see her today, but it’s okay because I know she has so many wonderful people around her to help celebrate this day with her and I know that she knows how I feel.  Within the next few weeks, Maggie will have to go through a mastectomy to fully remove both of her breasts just to prevent the cancer from coming back again. It is the safest choice for her since she is so young. That’ll be the final step in completely getting rid of the cancer and then she will be Cancer-free!! So here it is, the FINAL day of chemo, the FINAL time she has to drive to chemo, and the FINAL day she has to say “who wants to go with me to chemo?”

Maggie Elizabeth Clubb, you are my hero, my inspiration and most of all, the most amazing best friend I could ever, ever have!  Love you, MagPie!