I met Lori
in the Spring 1992. We formed a strong
friendship that grew into a traditional love and admiration for one
another. Lori had two children when I
met her, Heidi 9 and Dustin 7. Today they are young adults. Sometimes when I talk to them they sound as
if they are more lost than Stevie, the daughter Lori and I have together. Stevie is just 13.
We lost Lori
early this year to Breast Cancer. August
of ’08 we were diagnosed (I say "we” because I was there for her and Stevie
from the beginning) with a tumor in her left breast. Lori was at stage IV when it was detected. Lori had two questions she kept asking, "Why
me? Why now?” My only response was, "It’s God’s will.” Lori was lost when her mother passed
away. I understand more about this now.
grandchildren are just 5 and 2 years old.
She is going to miss all of those milestones in everyone’s life. Lori was just 46 when she was taken
away. The lesson in all of this is:
early detection is the key to surviving this ruthless disease. Say It, Fight It, Cure It . . .
Just a few
months ago I couldn’t listen to Tim McGraw’s "It’s Your Love” without
crying. Lori and I danced our first
dance as husband and wife to that song.
Stevie listens to that song a lot these days. I still tear up, but it is getting easier and