Tuesday, September 23, 2008

ABC WEDNESDAY: J for Jenny...

A few years ago we moved to Thessaloniki to stay for a year.
During that time I enjoyed the company of a woman named Jenny.
Although she was funny and full of life, she sometimes was cheerless.
I knew that something was wrong but I hesitated to ask her.
One day she asked me if I had noticed that her hair were very short.
I answered "why not, if you like them like that...".
"It's because of the chemotherapy..." she said and looked at me with her big, brown eyes full of tears.

I often wonder why after so many years scientists can't win cancer.
It's a chronic disease which must be defeated.

In Jenny's memory



that's a sad part of life and we have to live with it every day, dont we?

Louise said...

Your photo is spectacular.

One of my husbands very good friends is a radiation oncologist. They don't live near us, and we see them every 3-5 years. He loves his job and loves having the latest equipment but laments the same things. He says that it's amazing with technology and medical advances how primitively they still treat cancer. They have to kill it or cut it out. They can't cure it.

I'm glad your friend opened up to you and you were there to listen.

Reader Wil said...

Recently I friend of mine died from cancer after a year of fighting the disease with operations and all kind of treatment. It's a horrible illness.
My husband died from cancer 9 years ago and so did my dad in 1959

Maria said...

Oh yes, this is a very very sad theme. Hope your friend could overcome the disease.
The flowers in your picture are phantastic!
Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog :)

babooshka said...

The imagery is very pretty but the tone is so sad.

leslie said...

I'm so sorry you lost a friend to cancer. I did, too, just at the end of August. A vicious disease that I hope one day will be eradicated. :)

Norm said...

what a lovely sky with a beautiful white flowers...nice shot, very clear...

Rebeckah said...

Very beautifully written! I hope Jenny is safe in the arms of Jesus! Thanks for sharing. God bless you this week!

shutterhappyjenn said...

Wow... such a great picture!

I have two entries this week,you can check it out here and here.

nina said...

It's nice to remember your friend with pretty flowers.
Cancer is a ruthless disease.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...


antigoni said...

I never met her but i have heard so many things from you and it's like i know her. I know you hurt inside. Great tribute to her memory.

evlahos said...

κάθε άνθρωπος κρύβει την δικιά του ιστορία. πολλές φορές βιαζόμαστε να κρίνουμε. όσο για τον καρκίνο που θα μας πάει. κάτι θα καταφέρουμε και μ'αυτό. απ΄ότι ακούω οι Ελληνες επιστήμονες στο εξωτερικό τον ζορίζουν. πολύ όμορφη η φωτό

mrsnesbitt said...

Profound! All of us reading this today will know somebody who has died as a result of cancer!

ayamlin said...

Hi Marina!
it's a beautiful picture!
Oh! today is Wednesday!
I totally forgot it!
Thank you for norticing me:)

Tamara Jansen said...

Cancer is a very scary disease. My 92 year old grandmother has been diagnosed this year but she doesn't want to go through treatment. She feels that she is too old to go through all that comes with treatment. She is still doing very well.....even came to my Angel's wedding. What a blessing!

Maria said...

Haha, Marina, thank you for your nice comment!
We simply love hiking, sometimes we walk in the pre-alps and sometimes in alpine regions, and sometimes on the outskirts of Vienna. The more you hike, the fitter you are!
And: you can photograph the whole lovely scenery! :)

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Oh, how sad to lose a friend to cancer. I'm sorry for your loss.

Denise said...

I am so very sorry you lost your friend but the fact that she had you as a friend but have been a great source of strength. Your photo is a beautiful tribute to her and one day they will find a cure, I am sure of it.

kouji said...

sad indeed.

i think a recent cover story by the economist magazine mentioned some movement in that regard, in that the relationship between cancer and stem cells is becoming better understood.

still, we're quite a long way off.

tarek alghnam said...

Great blog
I'm happy I'm here
I hope Sweet Dreams
And I wish you success
I hope my visit
Mother of the World
I hope to be friends
With greetings