I f**king hate cancer. It’s one thing for someone to die of natural causes, but it is a whole other thing to have someone you love taken from you. When I was 18 years old cancer changed my life forever. I still remember how surreal I felt watching helplessly as one of my family members yelled out in absolute despair as we watched another family member take their last breath.
Cancer has taken more family members from me than I can count on one hand and every time it strikes it feels like the first time all over again. It doesn’t matter if I know it’s coming or if the doctors try to warn us it still cuts like a new wound.
Chanel is my best friend’s niece. I remember being in Vegas on vacation with my best friend and Chanel tagged along with us. She was an absolute cutie with a little bit of sass. She spoke her mind and she lived with passion. She was ultra protective of her family and friends a very loyal type person.
(Chanel and I in Vegas after hours of walking around to vendor booths lol – good memories)
The fact that she is gone at 21 trips me out…it’s incredibly hard to process. I think what makes it even harder is knowing that Chanel left behind a 7 month year old baby girl named Suriyah.
This whole situation happened so fast and her death was very unexpected. She had just finished chemo and things seemingly were improving and then suddenly the call came that there were complications and she didn’t make it through.
Seeing my best friend go through this is so hard. I know how it feels and it’s a pain I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. But, one thing I know for sure that keeps me sane in the midst of it all is that God doesn’t make any mistakes. I may not know why and the pain might be severe, but I believe whole heartedly that everything happens for a reason and so for me I shift my focus and attention to God. I ask Him for strength, understanding, support and peace. So right now that is my prayer for my best friend.
If you’ve had cancer, survivied cancer, know a survivor or lost someone to cancer I’m sure you can relate to this and I hope you’ll join me as I continue to pray that a cure is found. Meanwhile, if you feel inclined to make a donation to help out Chanel’s baby girl Suriyah please visit this link A Fundraiser for Chanel to make a contribution. My best friend and I are trying to raise $10K for Chanel’s daughter.
Every penny helps.
Have a blessed day fam,