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06/29/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

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mary on

My 17 year old daughters’ best friends happen to be 17 year old twin girls. Their mother has stage four breast cancer. She has been fighting this horrible unfortunate cancer for the past year and a half. She NEVER complains. She is a school teacher and only missed Thursday’s in order to have her chemotherapy treatments. I am so in awe of her. She rarely missed one of her daughter’s boyfriend’s baseball, football, or basketball games. and NEVER missed her daughters tennis matches. She almost always makes it to church. She will walk the neighbor’s dog for exercise. Stage four for all of you who don’t know how bad that is, is super bad, the worst, her doctor told her in the begging they will try to give her a quality and long life but rarely do they go into remission. Her girls drive me crazy, you can see the love they have for her but they ignore the ‘cancer’, their mom and I have talked about that and we believe it’s their protected mechanism. If they ignore her sickness, ignore the fact that she has lost her hair, on a lot of days has no energy, ignore all that, that their mom will not die. The girls seldom go out. They always hang out at home, they all, including my daughter watch a lot of movies at home (their house) even if mom never stays away through the whole movie. Which by the way, has become a running joke. Their mom is a fighter. She has lots to live for. Our girls become seniors this year, and this past spring and this summer she has toured colleges together with her girls. I can only imagine the emotions my friend is going through. She is determined to be there for their ‘firsts’. Last month she got great news, and defied the odds, on two MRI’s she IS in remission, and today she is having surgery to dissect her liver, take out lymph nodes and do lumpectomy on both breasts. And after a week stay in the hospital she will come home and take her girls to see the movie twilight. She promised and I know she will deliver. Just as she has done in the past. And she won’t complain because well she never has, she loves life and loves her job, those kids at her school, and lOVES her girls and her husband (who keeps her on her toes). And she is loved and admired by a lot of people. And I forgot to mention she is so damn funny too. I hope this happy ending lasts…….

Electra on

Thats really inspiring Mary, I wish them all the best though I don’t know them.

That baby naming law is something. At first I found it unfair, but then when people are trying to name their child Anus and Devil, it seems like theres a need for it.

Simone on

With my first daughter the Standesamt called me and required her 2nd middle names whereabouts and I told them her father is american and its a common name….NO PROBLEM they were happy and so was I.