Life is unpredictable. We may be here the next day and gone the next day.
This morning, we woke up to the news of Kelly Preston‘s passing. After a two year battle with breast cancer, she passed away at the young age of 57.
Her husband and now widower, John Travolta, released the following statement:
“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Preston’s husband, actor John Travolta, wrote on Instagram. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”
Breast cancer, like all cancers is a b*tch. It indiscriminately kills, leaving only memories and grieving loved ones. I know all too well the pain this disease causes. My heart goes out to her husband, her children and all those who loved her.
Last weekend, Glee star Naya Rivera went out for a day on the lake with her son. She never returned home. After nearly a week of searching, her body was found today. Rivera was 33.
I’m not a huge Glee fan, but what hurts is that she was so young. We all know that life is all too precious and too short. But to die so young and leave her son with only the barest of memories is emotionally gutting. If I could hug him, I would do so.
Breast cancer, like all cancers (and all diseases) knows no boundaries.
In the new movie, Ordinary Love, Joan (Lesley Manville) and Tom (Liam Neeson) are well, an ordinary couple. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, they must find a way to soldier on, in spite of the challenges that the disease puts in their path.
Some of the best love stories are not set in faraway fairytale-like setting or in romantic novels. The best love stories are simplest, a couple who sticks together against all odds. I appreciated that this movie is short on the drama and long on the narrative. I also appreciated the perfect chemistry between the lead actors. However, the film does not hit home as much as I would have liked it to be. There were points in the film when I was almost bored, ready to move on with the story.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family as she battles this all too common disease.
Her announcement reminds me and should remind all of us how sadly precarious the health insurance system in America is. While she is one of the fortunate who has access to reliable medical care, many women in her same situation are not as fortunate. The fact that some Republicans continue to waste time, effort and tax payer dollars on repealing Obama care, in spite of the fact that there are millions of American citizens living and potentially dying from disease because of the lack of healthcare is heartbreaking.
The fact that we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world and we cannot provide universal healthcare to all citizens is disgusting. We have to open our eyes as a nation and face reality. Otherwise we maybe cutting off our nose to spite our face.
Breast Cancer has become all too common in the United States. It is the leading killer of women, after lung cancer.
Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All over the country, different organizations will be holding different events to bring awareness of the disease to the public and provide support to those who have or had breast cancer.
A very dear friend of mine will be participating in one of these events. Even if you live halfway across the world, you can still donate. Every dollar goes to the American Cancer Society and it’s goal of ensuring that we do not have to continue to bury our daughters, mothers, nieces or grandmothers due to breast cancer.