On Facebook, I have created a fan page: Team FPR.
It is a place to lend support to my friend, Mariana - a family law attorney, devout Roman Catholic, rabid Dodgers fan, staunch Republican, proud Cubana, UCLA Bruin, equally rabid Steelers and Penguins fan, and loving daughter, mother, wife and friend - who has now begun her own fight against breast cancer.
It is not going to all squishy sentimental, although there may be verklempt moments. But hearts and "oh, you're so brave!" offerings . . . that's not Mariana's style. As an example, I've posted about our latest idea - if the hair gets lost to radiation, which she will have to have, then she's getting putting on the pink baseball hat, she's getting in that damn wheelchair, and we're going to Disneyland where we will get to straight to the head of the line on every friggin' ride! Lemonade, baby, lemonade!
You may not know Mariana, but if you're on facebook, come over and join the team. I got a discussion thread up to collect ribald and raunchy jokes, since laughter is good medicine, and am posting articles to keep people informed about breast cancer, because I know I am learning a lot.
Just do a search for Team FPR - the profile picture is the pink ribbon seen below with the slogan, "Hey cancer - eat shit and die!" Or click here.