To start the day …. Karen Long: “My Cancer made me a Fighter”!!


~~October 12, 2015~~ 


Almost to the year, on October 4, 2014, I posted information about this local police officer.

At the time, the city of Orlando, presented Officer Karen Long with a pink patrol car to honor her fight with cancer & in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Just last night, I learned through my daughter-in-law, whose husband is an OPD officer, that Karen Long had lost her battle with breast cancer.

Oddly, as many things in life, as we know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

May she rest in peace and may he family be comforted through this major loss.




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Karen Long, OPD officer died after fight with cancer

After a hard-fought battle with breast cancer, longtime Orlando Police officer Karen Long died Saturday, October 10, 2015,  with her family by her side.

Long, 41, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2007.

“Rest in peace our beloved Karen,” the Orlando Police Department wrote on its Twitter page. “Our hearts are heavy. You were a true hero to us all.”

Doctors caught the disease early, as it hadn’t spread to any other parts of Long’s body in 2007. She scheduled a double mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy to fight the disease.
After two years in remission, Long found out that the cancer returned in December 2014.

In a March 2015 article, Long told the Orlando Sentinel she had Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. The disease had spread to her lungs.


“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared sometimes,” Long said at the time.

“When somebody tells you, ‘You are terminal,’ you live differently … Yes, I have cancer.

Yes, it’s Stage 4.

But I’m not going to let it define who I am and I’m not going to feel sorry for myself.”

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, family and friends wrote loving messages on Long’s personal blog on Facebook, called Turning Up the Heat for Karen.

“As Karen’s sister said, “The only thing that died today was cancer,” one post said.

Long worked for OPD since 2000. During her tenure, she was a patrol officer, worked on the Special Victims Unit, and a school resource officer. She last worked as a Master Police Officer in OPD’s Community Involvement Division.

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~In the arms of an angel~

Sarah McLachlan

~Uploaded on May 22, 2011~

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it ok
There’s always some reason to feel not good enough


We ALL are ONE!! 


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