I hope that this vaccine is a promising discovery in the world of triple negative breast cancer. Watch the video below and gather your hopes and prayers along with mine. This is for women who have had tnbc and are now healthy…this is to keep away a recurrence. GO MAYO CLINIC! GO!!! My eyes are on this clinical trial. More info to follow as it unfolds…..I hope this is good news for us friends.
Focus. Emotional weight. Nerves. Honor. Humility. Importance.
Tonight I did the hardest speech (talk, story, whatever you want to call it) for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer awards dinner, that I have ever had to do. I have had my head down for the last ten days, working at work, focusing on my words while practicing this speech, and being very heavy-hearted feeling the importance of my words and of my delivery of those words.
I am not nervous speaking in front of people anymore. The bad part is my memory is trashed from chemotherapy so I usually have to read what I am saying…but, that’s just a dent in public speaking for me at this point. It is what it is. Tonight the Primax Pink Warriors received awards and honors for our successful year for Making Strides 2014. The highest fundraiser in the City of Charlotte was our special Primax Pink Warrior, Michelle Belt. She is my friend who you all have read about, and heard about, who passed away on October 20, 2014 from triple negative breast cancer. Lots of you reading this blog right now knew her. So I have been heavy-hearted facing this speech about Michelle…I knew, deep in my heart, this speech mattered more than any other speech I would ever do. Her sister-in-law Sheila came tonight and so did Michelle’s Dad. Michelle’s brother was traveling and her Mom just had surgery so they couldn’t come. Two of Michelle’s girls have been moved to New York so they also couldn’t come. So you see, with her Dad and Sheila there, it was an even more important story to tell. I had to be able to honor Michelle in the way I knew I was capable of – but boy is it hard to tell a story like that for someone who was so important to you, without losing it. So very difficult….but I did it. I made it through the entire story without breaking down. I got pulled down a time or two where I felt like I was going to lose my composure but I didn’t.
So, the reason for this blog is because I have been posting some pretty vague messages and people were worried I was sick. I am not sick. People thought it had to do with work. It doesn’t. It just was all about having something really important to do, something that really mattered, and I was nervous and wanted to do it right. I honestly felt like the more people who knew about tonight, the harder time I would have holding myself together.
So, with that being said; for all of my friends and family members at the event tonight (and not at the event tonight) thank you for praying me through this. Thank you for loving me through these things that I have the opportunity to do. I have been stretched and pulled into so many things that I would have never expected to happen in my life, nor would I have ever thought I could do them. My life was turned upside down on the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer….and thank God it hasn’t been the same since! #faithwins
I have had so many pieces of blog posts flying around my poor brain but I have been trying to stay focused and practice what I am supposed to be working on….trying trying trying to keep my emotions in check and my focus where it belongs.
Sometimes I really believe that some of the things I have been asked to do are way outside of any talent or gifts that I have been given. I mean really. Last year at this time I was chosen as one of 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte. I still cannot imagine being nominated, never mind chosen, for this honor. The women in that room that night were very successful; they changed people’s lives and the world around them.
Today at church the sermon was another part of the Experiencing God study. We are going through that, as a church, for 9 weeks. Today the focus was on this:
When you give your history, concerns, and calling to God…they become the gift that God intended them for.
So I go on – practicing. I will update this blog later in the week for what is happening and until then I will keep my head down, my focus where it needs to be, and my thoughts right where they belong. I want to make sure that I can keep my composure and give the job I have been asked to do, the honor it deserves.
No matter how unnerving this can be – all around, it is a gift. I am still the luckiest girl ever.
Here is a great resource for survivors and cancer fighters – and I will be there!
I was chatting with a friend of mine last night on the phone. She is getting ready to go for part two of a complicated flap surgery to finish her reconstruction post breast cancer. She had to delay her part two of her surgery due to some health issues and then she just wanted some time “off” from cancer stuff. Anyone that has gone through cancer treatments understands this mentality, right?
My friend was explaining the details of her logistics regarding her surgery and one large detail is that she has to travel to Charleston SC for her surgery – and she lives hours away from Charleston. She then began to tell me about a program she found out about from her surgeon, offered by the American Cancer Society that would help her with lodging before, during, and after surgery while she needed to be in Charleston. She was so very grateful of this generous resource and she kept referring to this free lodging as a “gift.” She is truly such a gracious, loving, and thankful woman and I am so happy that this part of her surgery is being taken care of.
Do you see where I am going with this? You all know that I am an avid volunteer for the American Cancer Society. I believe in the services that they offer cancer patients and the research that they fund….and here we are – a friend of mine is receiving the gift of lodging since she has to travel for her surgery. THIS is why we walk. THIS is why we fundraise. THIS is exactly why we do what we do with our Primax Pink Warrior team. The American Cancer Society actually helps patients when they need it most with valuable resources…..resources that matter!
I was thrilled to hear of this from my friend and it was great to hear how courteous, professional, caring, and resourceful the people at the ACS office were with her. This IS why we do what we do!
Are you traveling for cancer treatment and need help with the cost of lodging? Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or check them out at cancer.org. Don’t be shy – call them and ask for help.
As the team leader of one of the top fundraising teams of Making Strides for the American Cancer Society – I urge you to use the resources that we work hard to fund! And guess what – you can call 24/7 – 7 days a week.
My girlfriend is extremely grateful for this “gift” and I am extremely grateful to be part of this organization that helps cancer patients….what goes around comes around – we have all learned that by now haven’t we? Thank you ACS – for ALL you do for all of us!