Today I was looking at my blog's Google analytics and discovered that the majority of my page views were being funneled through to me through another breast cancer blogger, with a site entited daria-livingwithcancer.blogspot.com. Of course I decided to take a look at this blogger's site who unwittingly helped the traffic of my blog tremendously. But when I got to the site, the last post was not from the blogger Daria, but her husband, who announced Daria's memorial service on January 28, 2011.
Apparently, Daria lost her long, 10-year battle with breast cancer just days before her 50th birthday and one day after my birthday on January 22, 2011. Daria had estrogen-positive breast cancer, just like me. After 10 years in remission, her breast cancer reared its ugly head and metastized to her lungs, her bones and her liver. Daria's blog followers spanned the world. And there on her blog's side bar--second from the top--was the link to my blog. When I looked at her hundreds of followers, I suddenly understood, how Daria--eight months after her death--was helping me. All I could do was cry.
Someone who lost her battle with breast cancer eight months ago--with the same cancer I had--is watching out for me. Thank you Daria. Your battle was not in vain. I will continue to fight along with millions of others to cure this disease. You, my guardian angel, are gone but not forgotten.