Going Purple

I'm sure like a lot of other people, today I am going to blog about Patrick Swayze. This is such a tragedy. He was taken from this world way to early.

He was an amazing actor! Dirty Dancing was and still is one of my favorite movies. I was so envious of Baby! I wanted to go on vacation and meet a man like that and dance the night away!

And Ghost.....I still cry!
Every time!

I just want to scream and yell at Sam. Why does he have to walk towards the light? I don't care who's there waiting for him. He can't leave Molly! He just can't!

RIP Patrick Swayze
August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009

Last night when I was reading the news about his untimely death, it really hit me hard. Pancreatic cancer is such a deadly illness. It is estimated that 42,470 Americans will be diagnosed with it and out of those, 35,420 will die from it. I just did the math and that's 83% of people diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer will not survive. That's just downright scary!!!

The reason that this news hit me hard (and those statistics only made it worse) is that I have a friend who is battling this disease. She has 2 young girls. I just cannot wrap my head around how one can lead a normal life while trying to fight this ugly thing and know that chances are, you will not get to see your children graduate high school, get married, and have families of their own. How in the world do you find the balance of living your life and preparing for death?

I'm sure you've seen the link on the side of my blog for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I'm not trying to get people to donate money, altho that would be great. But please take a look to learn more and to learn how you can help. There needs to be more research done for this ugly disease so hopefully soon, we can find a way to beat it. Patrick Swayze and Randy Pausch both lived longer than their doctors predicted and that's a good sign. I just hope someday soon, doctors can find a treatment that results in these patients living even longer.


And always remember to hug your loved ones and please take the time to stop and smell the roses.

Until next time....


Chief said...

Thank you for this post. My father in law who I miss dealry, died of pancreatic cancer

Nikki said...

stopping by from SITS to say hi. Wow this is a beautiful blog, I too grew up watching Patrick Swayze in dirty dancing and also later in Ghost. It is so sad to see him go and I wish his family love and peace. Thanks for the great blog and the info on pancreatic cancer. I agree, it is scary and we should have more info on it by now. There is a great documentary called "The Beautiful Truth" about cancer, it provides some interesting ways of keeping healthy etc, through cancer. check it out if you have a second. thanks again! nikki

supahmommy- somethin's wrong with that girl said...

IT'S ALL JUST TOO MUCH.. too much cancer. WHAT IS IT???

and i loved RP's book. Did you read?

I loved it...

thanks for helping with jaden's button.. you're awesome and i'm sorry for your friend.. let me know if i can help. d

kisatrtle said...

My mother in law is a pancreatic cancer survivor. Even her ongologist was amazed. Tell your friend not to give up hope! She can beat it but she will need a lot of prayer. I am praying for her!