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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

In Remembrance...

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that occurs when lymphocytes--white blood cells that help protect the body from infection and disease--begin behaving abnormally. Abnormal lymphocytes may divide faster than normal cells or they may live longer than they should.  Lymphoma may develop in many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood or other organs.  There are two main types of lymphomas, Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
Source:  www.lymphoma.org


In August 2011 my mother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Burkitt's Lymphoma.  It claimed her life within two months.  Today marks a year since her passing: yet all of a sudden it feels like yesterday and every detail of that day has been brought back to my remembrance, especially having to let her go.  I believe she suffered more in those two months of her life than anyone could ever fathom but she fought with a strength that I will revere for the rest of my life.

Although I know that she is in a better place, free of pain and sorrow, I am still completely and utterly overwhelmed with grief and emotion.  But, I will lift my head and smile on today with the strength she instilled in me.  l will remember all of our sweet memories and today, I will celebrate and honor her life!


The Lime Green Ribbon is the ribbon used for Lymphoma Cancer Awareness.  Today, my family and I will wear ribbons in honor of our beloved Mother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt and Grandmother, Sharon Lynn Sanders...

11.13.68 - 10.17.11 (42 years old)

Once again I ask that you continue to pray for me and my family that He may keep us all in perfect peace!
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  1. You and your family are definitely in my prayers today!! I love you so much and pray strength and comfort into your life on this day and the days to come. If you need ANYTHING please don't hesitate to let me know!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your love and support Mionna, it means so much!!!

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  2. I'm thinking about you today, my dear friend. I know your heart is hurting.

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    1. Thanks Ashley, I really appreciate it!

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  3. Kerwinda Dove10/17/12, 3:22 PM

    Wow,Nicole anytime and everytime I read your post my eyes tear up because it's like your are a recarnation of your mother. When you speak,she speaks, when you write, she writes, and above everything the cooking...lol which obviously you picked up as well. I feel honored to have had her apart of my life. I lost my mom and it hurts like hell..and with time it gets better line is just a lie because its never gonna go away...I'm sooo sorry you and your brothers had to endure such pain, I wouldn't wish it on the devil. Just know I love you all and I would continue to keep you guys in prayer.....loveya!!

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    1. My goodness Kerwinda, your words have truly touched my heart on today! Only someone who has lost an incredible mother can possibly understand what a day like today is like. You've reminded me that I am like her in so MANY ways. I too recognize that time will not heal this wound but I pray that God continues to make it bearable for me and my family and for you and yours. I love you so much too!!!

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  4. My prayers are with you my daughter in law. Keep your head up and keep praying and praising God. Know that I am ALWAYS here for you if you need anything. Love you much!!!

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    1. Thank you so so much!!! I'll need a really big tight hug when we come home for Thanksgiving! Love you bunches too!!!

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