A story of friendship and courage
I was very moved watching the documentary Farrah’s Story, far more so than I expected to be and very impressed with Farrah’s spirit and determination to beat cancer. Making that documentary and sticking close by her side throughout her treatment was one of her best friends, Alana Stewart.
Now Alana has published her journal writings of this time with Farah. In an interview she explains that she has kept journals since she was nine, and she would sometimes read Farrah what she had written in them.
“She loved my writing. ‘You’re such a good writer,’ she’d say encouragingly. ‘You must keep doing this.’ I did. I would diligently pour out my feelings, fears and frustrations in my journal and I soon realised how much the most recent volumes, just like my life these past three years, were about Farrah and her courageous battle with cancer.”
Alana tells us that “Farrah felt very committed to speaking up and saying that we needed more studies and more research. She wanted to bring awareness to her type of cancer and she wanted to give people hope. Above all, she wanted to say: ‘Don’t give up. No matter what anyone tells you, keep on fighting.’”
Alana says that ” Life is fragile; it changes in a heartbeat. One day Farrah was fine, the next she was not. Yet through it all, I never heard her ask “Why me?” I never saw her act like a victim. She made the decision to fight her cancer and never wavered.”
You can read an interview with Alana Stewart in the Daily Mail
This story touched my heart in so many ways. It talks to us — as women — movingly about the friendships in our lives and the often unexpected twists and turns they can take. Only a true friend stands with you, weeps with you, and supports you in the way Alana Steward did for Farrah Fawcett (who died on my birthday). The story of their friendship was beautifully documented and “Farrah’s Story” and I will look forward to reading Alana Stewart’s book.
As survivors, as sisters and friends, let’s make sure we frame the moments like the one captured in the photo above, and celebrate each other every day.
Hi Jody – what a beautifully eloquent comment you make. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. And don’t you just love that photograph of Farrah and Alana ? It touched me deeply – it is such an intimate, joyous image of two friends sharing a special journey together. I love the last line of your comment – what a heartwarming wish for us all. Live Strong x
You are so welcome! And yes, the photo simply brings tears to my eyes. Because it is so very REAL. That’s what girlfriends do…hang out in their pink and blue flannel pajamas and laugh.
The photo must have lingered in my mind more than I knew, because I grabbed the camera when a friend came into town unexpectedly and I went to meet her for coffee. I have a photo of that meeting now, and the grace her sudden visit brought into my life.