JANESVILLE (WKOW)-- People hold parties for a variety of reasons from birthdays to graduations, but in Janesville a one of a kind party with a heart-warming message took place Sunday afternoon.
In life people come and people go. Memories are made, preserved in photographs and remembered in our thoughts. Diana Purdy Brown has made a lot of memories over the years. At this point in her life they're the most important thing in the world and the thought of ending her life on a sad one just doesn't feel right.
"The memories of a funeral to me are always kind of sad. I didn't want my grand kids and kids to have those memories," Brown says.
Memories of a 52-year-old woman who is dying of pancreatic cancer and given six to nine months to live after being diagnosed in September.
"At that time they said it was non-operable because it's in with two major arteries," Brown says.
The cancer has since spread to her stomach, liver and one of her kidneys. She started chemotherapy a week ago, but says she's not sure if she'll continue on her regiment. The drugs affected her so negatively that she was practically bed-ridden for most of the week.
Instead of simply waiting for the inevitable, letting the cancer create new and negative memories, Brown decided to accept her fate and live every moment like it was her last.
"You try to make 48 out of 24 and that don't work very easy," Brown chuckles.
Since her diagnosis Brown has vacationed in Las Vegas, taken a cruise to Jamaica and has thrown herself a one of a kind party to say goodbye on her own terms.
But no matter how positive she tried to make the experience, there was still the occasional tear from loved ones remembering all the good memories. Sad because they know today might be the last they get to share together.
"I think it's important for people to think and do what you can today because tomorrow might not arrive," Brown says.
Sunday's party was held at Emmanuel Free Methodist Church in Janesville. The pastor there says the party has touched the hearts of many in the congregation and has inspired them to not take life for granted.
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