Nancy Manguso passed away on October 24, 2013 after a brave and difficult three year battle with a very rare and aggressive cancer called Triple Negative Metaplastic Spindle Cell Breast Cancer.
Although Nancy was not very comfortable with social media I embraced it as a way of learning about this rare and aggressive cancer and connecting with others whose lives were impacted by this disease. Through these efforts I met Sylvia and Maria and the three of us joined forces to help educate and increase awareness and research on Metaplastic Breast cancer. Although Nancy will not see the fruition of these efforts, she and the other inspiring individuals impacted by this disease have been the driving force behind our efforts.
Nancy will be sorely missed by her family and friends. She taught me that your attitude and humanity towards others defines your worth and not the number of degrees, accomplishment, or awards one accumulates. She also taught me that life is a journey and not a destination. And that even in the hardest and most desperate of situations there is always something positive to be gained; even if it’s just telling someone else how much they mean to you and truly meaning it from the bottom of your heart.
My mom loved life and the people in it. And although her life ended before any of us imagined, she embraced it and lived it to the fullest. As she put it “I have no regrets. I have lived a good life.” She was, and still is an inspiration to me and the people in her life. And although she will not be part of my children’s live in the way that we had thought, my children, my grandchildren, and my great grandchildren will be better because of her.