Nine days ago, on November 10, 2013, I lost one of the most important and influential women in my life. My auntie Lisa lost her 15 month battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML,) which is a type of blood cancer. She was 52. Only a month and a half earlier, we lost my grandfather suddenly as well. Needless to say, the past few months, coupled with the lengthy fight to save my aunt’s life, have been trying times for my family. During the time when my aunt was going through treatment, I started this blog–it will be a year old soon. In a way, this site has helped me cope with news from back home about my aunt’s illness; I also wanted to bring her joy through our common love of writing and movies. She would always be watching an old movie when I visited. We would watch Bette Davis be captivating in Now, Voyager, or quote The Godfather Trilogy verbatim. My aunt was a strong force of nature who always made her presence known, spoke her mind, and fought for what she wanted out of life. She had an infectious laugh and the Boston accent to match. I have always thought of her as a kindred spirit. She taught me to love the ocean, animals, and angels. But most importantly, she taught me to love and accept myself for who I am. She helped me recognize a certain strength inside me that I didn’t know I had, and didn’t see in myself until recently. Last night, I decided to sign up to volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as well as Team in Training which helps people organize and train for events that raise awareness for blood cancers like AML. I am on a mission to do anything I can to help prolong the lives of those who are suffering, and eradicate cancer by raising awareness and continuing to fight in the name of my aunt.
In Loving Memory of Lisa A. Cushing (December 12, 1960-November 10, 2013)
After Monday ends, and the stress of the work week starts, you got to come home and relax. What better way to relieve your frustrations than watching adorable animals? Especially baby animals. There’s a show I discovered on Netflix Instant last night and I’m currently binge-watching the cuteness that unfolds. Animal Planet’s Too Cute is just what the name implies. It also features puppies and kittens of various breeds during the first 10 weeks of their lives…and it’s ADORABLE. I’ve been spending the entire time going, “Gah!!!!!! Awwww!! Sooo cute!” at the screen. I never knew there were so many breeds of cats and dogs. Thanks to the awesome narrator they have in veteran actor Henry Strozier, it’s fascinatingly educational too. Plus, it’s really entertaining to hear him say really corny dialogue. It’s the perfect show to relax with in the evening. So go watch some cuteness.
Fun Fact: The show’s narrator,Henry Strozier, is famous for playing the cranberry farmer in the “Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice” commercials. He is also a narrator for PBS including and the show”1900 House.”