I met Lorraine at university, and to know Lorraine is to know that she is always passionate about something; that passion settled into helping people in the third world. She travelled, had two kids and then another. We sort of fell out of touch until I got an email from her describing a harrowing cancer diagnosis of multiple myeloma days following the birth of her third child and then a year of hard work - physically and mentally. Perhaps it has happened to you -- someone you are friends with but have fallen out of touch with for no particular reason was diagnosed, or had something happen to them that changes everything; perhaps, it is you. Lorraine wrote her story here:
Days after giving birth to my third child, I was told that I had incurable cancer.
I couldn't even take that in. Though I had never examined it before, I realized that implicit in the decision to have children was the idea that I would be around to help them grow up. Having incurable cancer just seemed ridiculous; I was healthy and did all the right things like eat well and exercise; I had no risk factors. But I guess that's the thing with cancer - you don't ever choose it, it chooses you.