As I shuffled out for my jog today I happened upon this scene.

I stood shivering in my skimpy shell and sneakers, paying my respects. A hearse, limosines and a ribbon of 4000 paramedics, firefighters and police officers snaked by. I watched swaths of red, yellow and black; took in bagpipes, drums, and trudging boots; and beamed waves of gratitude and strength to four fatherless children, a widow and the thousands who face the same possibility daily.

A two centimetre tumor and three impacted nodes is a pretty puny problem.

Photo: The Ottawa Citizen — Honouring Const. Eric Czapnik.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • missrumphius

    Thank you for sharing this story, but most of all for sharing your strength and amazing perspective. If anyone can beat this, you can.

    And btw, you went jogging?! Good for you! You are my hero.

  • Ha! Thank you, Tricia. I miss you, the Cybils, the KidLit gang.

    I'm no hero — I try to jog each day because chemo literally eats muscle, bone, heart and lungs. Plus, we've had gorgeous wintry jogging weather and it feels great.

    Thanks so much for being part of my recovery.

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