This Wednesday, October 6th, my Grandma will celebrate her 90th birthday! I won’t be with her to celebrate. But, then again, she won’t be home for me to celebrate with her her anyway!
My Grandma still lives in her own home and drives herself. Now, I won’t let her drive me because, well, I think she needs to slow down. But, her doctor doesn’t agree so Grandma still has her license.
And, well, if you’re 90-years old and live on your own and still drive you’re pretty awesome in my book. Add to that 3-time Cancer Survivor, and my Grandma is super awesome. Plus, just a few weeks ago she got to meet President Barack Obama. Not too bad for my octogenarian Grandma.
I find it fitting that October, my Grandma’s birth month, is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast Cancer was her 2nd Cancer. She’d already beaten and survived colon cancer. In 2003, my grandma called me to say ‘it’ came back and she’s having a mastectomy. A single radical. That I needed to come in right away. She never said the word. She never said CANCER.
She wasn’t scared. But I was. What if this was it. What if Cancer was going to take her this time? She’s all I have now. And I’d just had BabyGirl. She didn’t even know my grandma. What if she never would.
My Grandma is a very no-nonsense kind of person. Doctor says she has Cancer, Grandma says take it out and let’s move on. No tears, no thinking about it. Just a get it done kind of woman.
Two years ago my Grandma was told she had cancer, again. For the third time. First time in my life I’ve ever seen her scared. First time I ever heard her say the word Cancer. First time she’s ever talked about dying. And she came close. Very close.
But, here I am, writing about her turning 90! She was one of 8 kids and now all that she has is her ‘baby brother’, who is in his 80s. My grandpa passed away 15 years ago. My mom, it will be 19 years this year. And my uncle, he’s been gone 16 years.
She’s a tough Grandma! But the sweetest person under her tough outer shell. I love her deeply. I’ve learned a lot from her. She’s taught me about saving and money management as well as travel and making the most out of life.
My Grandma isn’t a pink banner waving kind of grandma. She wears a small pink ribbon pin. Nothing big, nothing that stands out. She is not overt in her celebration of being a Breast Cancer Survivor. But I guess when you’ve kicked Cancer in the teeth 3 times, you don’t have to pick one banner.
Every year, though, she goes to a community lunch to join men and women who are all Cancer survivors. She believes in supporting others and encouraging others to live life.
I spoke with my Grandma tonight about writing about her. She finds it interesting that I write about her. Even more interesting that others want to read about her ‘on that computer thing’.
I told my Grandma that this year, to celebrate her 90th birthday, I’ve joined with Dannon Light & Fit to donate money in her honor to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Dannon Light & Fit will donate 10 cents for every reader who clicks on the badge and “likes” Dannon Light & Fit on Facebook. Plus, because my grandma is all about saving money, all Light & Fit fans get a $1 off coupon! (Even though she has no clue what this Facebook really is)
So, to celebrate my Grandma’s 90th Birthday, click on the badge below and donate in her honor! And don’t forget the coupon, Grandma wants you to save money too!