It's always sad when someone dies, even those we don't know personally - celebrities, public figures, anyone that we have admired for one reason or another. But there is a different kind of sadness when someone dies from the disease you yourself have had and fought and fear a recurrence of. I can't explain it except to say it is deeply sad and extremely terrifying.
It makes me so angry that this disease still doesn't have a cure. So much money and effort is put to it and yet cancer is taking over 1500 Americans every day (that's a Titanic ship every day).
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Dear Lord, I beg of you, please bring us the cure. Amen.