warrior woman

I met a wonderful friend of a friend of mine yesterday. I can’t stop thinking about her. You see she is a warrior woman. A gentle tenacious bright funny warrior woman, who has a brain tumour and was given 14 months to live. She was told the doctors could do no more for her. So she pursued her own path. She is currently on 27 months and counting. She has been dealt many blows by life yet is positive, witty and real.  She is self effacing and humble. She is an inspiration and she is my fear. Was my fear. You see she also had breast cancer and a mastectomy and chemo and all the stuff they scare you into having to make sure you are here five years later.  She made her five years and had just decided against a big celebration of life party when they discovered her brain tumour, a secondary from her breast cancer. I have no doubt the irony did not escape her. That meaningless silly bloody goal of 5 years that we hold like a beacon of hope, living in limbo, counting the years, months, weeks and days, definitely even if not obviously, believing that on the stroke of midnight of our last day of being 5 years cancer free, we will finally be set free. Free from cancer. Free from fear. And whilst I booted fear a while back, meeting her made me face it for real. She gave me goosebumps and her matter of fact retelling of her tale reduced me to tears. But not for me, but for the wonderful inspiring human being I was graced to be in the company of. I would be proud to be her. I am honoured to have a daughter named Kate just like her. May she grow to be just like the warrior woman I met yesterday. Strong and present and true.

4 thoughts on “warrior woman

  1. From facebook

    Rick Sherwin, Heather McNeice, Sam Vogel and 3 others like this.

    Samantha Yates Schroeder Beautiful Li… U are too a warrior women.. xxx
    Yesterday at 10:31pm via mobile · Like · 1

    Yvette Puchert I like that woman…she reminds me of someone?
    23 hours ago · Like · 1

    Tamara Ogilvy Beautiful, inspiring,……. Thank you Lianne
    16 hours ago via mobile · Like

    Caroline Gayle Forsyth Yes beautiful & very inspiring…. Just like you Lianne! Xxx
    15 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1

    Kim Logan Totally agree Lianne. I wish I could express it as well as you. For someone who has faced death she is more vital and alive than most people I know. A beautiful woman.
    11 hours ago · like · 2

    Jo-Ann Adams Beautifully shared Lianne Cawood! Thankyou! Xxx
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