On April 20th, 1986 I lost my Mother to breast cancer. I was 19. My Mother embodied everything that was good in my life. She was a teacher, artist and beloved friend. Her smile was infectious. I was so young I didn't realize the severity of her diagnosis, or that at age 19 I would essentially be on my own.
On November 22, 2015 I lost one of my most influential friends to ca read more