For my #31daysoflove I will be wearing pink and posting a picture of what I am wearing. I will also be tagging several breast cancer survivor friends and saying a few words about each of them. I would like you to see, what I see, about these women.
Sandra Niven – she is the super volunteer that is always behind the scenes, at everything breast cancer related, generously giving of her time and energy. I knew Sandra from a distance because we both volunteered for Making Strides. Sandra was on the committee volunteering all of the time and I was gathering and leading a large team in Charlotte. I remember the night it came out that I was diagnosed 7 days earlier with breast cancer. We were at a Strides event and it was “announced” – there were tears in the room and quite a lot of shocked faces, right along with my own….and Sandra came up to me first thing and she told me about the support group she had been attending for years, she told me that a lot of women would be by my side, she gave me her phone number, and she said “you are going to beat this”…she smiled, hugged me, and walked away. Little did I know back then how much interaction I would have with Sandra over the years. I really admire her and think she is super!
Terri Andrews – a survivor right smack in the middle of reconstruction. She had a bilateral mastectomy and is recovering from that and continuing on with her Herceptin treatments. I have never, and I mean never, seen a woman cruise through chemotherapy like Terri did. She took chemotherapy on like most of us fight the flu. She is amazing…and very blessed to have not struggled so horribly through chemo. She is one tough lady and I admire her strength and positive attitude – no matter how tough things get. I am looking forward to seeing you on the 18th my fighter friend!
Brenda Reid – another super volunteer, always smiling, always willing to lend a hand, always helpful and wanting to help other newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Brenda has always been super nice to me and very supportive of our Reach program, our team efforts, and anything I need her for. I didn’t know her through her breast cancer treatments, but I have a feeling that her faith carried her through her fight just as beautifully as it continues to carry her through her survivorship!
Cathy Jo Young – one of my TNBC peeps! Cathy is a very strong survivor that I didn’t know through her treatments, but she taught me something very important…to celebrate and cherish the “half years” we are gifted with post cancer. Not just your regular birthday – but each half birthday too! I may not have a party to celebrate mine, but I can tell you that I thank God on those days for another half year of memories I have been gifted. She is also a super volunteer helping out in so many areas of life, not just breast cancer. She is a terrific friend and a great supporter of mine, and many others. She rocks.
Mary Stabasefski – my little Miss Mary Mac – I am so blessed to know you! We met through the Reach program when Mary was first diagnosed and our friendship was immediate. We have so much in common and so many bonds that tie our friendship together. She is just precious to me and I am proud of how she has come through chemo, bilateral mastectomies, and reconstruction. Mary also has the brca mutation and had tnbc so we also have that common bond…and what a bond to have! Mary is now reaching out to help other women and I think she is just precious and I treasure her!!
See? Many more women to love!