She actually had the decease three times, in 2001 she had breast cancer and it did return back in 2009, then in 2011 the cancer spread to her liver, that’s when she started aggressive chemotherapy right away,
“I’m scared a lot and just it seems when you get to a place where you’re not afraid then you’re given a reason to be afraid again,” said Rankin in a conversation with CBC in June.
“But it’s something that I’m working through. I’m reading one of these books that I’m trying to work with is you know it’s about not having a fear of death, which is the ultimate fear, I guess.”
Rankin went to a mid life crisis, something she said she just started to get over in the spring.
“I’m at a place now where I guess I’m just content, I accept the roads I’ve taken and the roads not taken. And what I’ve come away from the whole experience with is an appreciation of all those things , all those gifts that have been given to me. My husband, my son, my family my very good friends, the career that I’ve had that I sort of fell into, just little things like the first crocuses of the spring, the spring light which is different than winter light. All those things I see as little diamonds,” said Rankin.
“When Cookie and Heather came to visit me just before they were flying out the next day and I cried, I bawled like a baby and I felt like I was letting them down by not being there for them.”
Rankin is survived by her husband and son.
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