St Valentine’s Day – Cancer – can take away life but not love

February 14, 2017 OPINION/NEWS


Hazel Speed

Cancer is a cruel disease having no respect for any age group or gender.

Though in recent times scientific research has made great progress in the fight against it, by learning of its different forms and mechanisms, thus enabling so many to receive treatment and survive (especially if symptoms are caught early), sadly for others this cruel disease takes its toll.

No one can fail to be moved by the story of this particular couple, Julie and Mike Bennet, and the photograph of love which was shown to be steadfast even though sadly, Cancer itself, in their case, took their lives, it could not take away the love they had for each other.

14th February is St Valentine’s Day. It celebrates love.

Surely the symbol of a true and deep love as depicted herein is a wonderful expression of the best within the capacity of human existence and which did exist each moment of every day for Julie and Mike Bennet.

Whilst both were facing death, this couple’s love remained strong to their last breath.

Their Family have been both generous and courageous in sharing this image of such a special last moment with the world.

In the UK right now there is an excellent fund-raising campaign on TV showing sequences of people (all ages, young and old), receiving treatments for cancer, along with interview moments after overcoming the disease.

If only Love could be bottled as they say, as it is stronger than anything and this photograph makes that beyond dispute.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family of Julie and Mike Bennet. We must thank them for the privilege they have given us all, in sharing this photograph with the world.

Julie and Mike Bennet R.I.P.








Hazel Speed

Photo (c) Hazel Speed – used by kind permision to Tuck Magazine

Hazel Speed is a Philosopher, Writer, and Artist with various creative projects at differing stages of development. Her flaship project is an animation which has produced a film short: She has also written an E-novel, ‘Just Suppose…!‘ which is available via the attached link.

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