Jeannie - 1st Cousin - Breast Cancer Jeannie was my first cousin, but was only a few years younger than my mom. Her mother was my mom's oldest sister. My favorite memory is being about 11 years old and riding in the car with Jeannie while we went to pick up her elderly father's girlfriend, Myrtle. As we neared the house, she sang out loudly to everyone in the car, "Myrtle get your girdle on! We're almost there."
Bonnie -- Grandmother -- Colorectal Cancer My dad's mom was a mystery to me most of my life. We only saw her once a year, and she was very strict when we visited. No feet on the furniture. No TV. No lurking in the fridge. Quiet voices in the house. One summer when she was sick I went up with just my dad to visit her. It was the first time she'd ever told me about her life as a girl. She showed me her best beauty secret: Washing her face every night and every morning with Noxema. I treasure that memory.
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