Cancer has had a very large and unwelcome role in my life recently. While it is not my own, it is still a very obtrusive terrorist in my and many people’s lives. So, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and mostly in honor of those I know and have known with all kinds of cancer, all I have to say is this:
Cancer is something that is incredibly hard to deal with because there is no simple formula. It is so frustrating because of how it invades all facets of life. I don’t even think I can’t fully iterate how obnoxious it is and I am not even the one enduring it.
One of the women battling cancer (and making huge strides!) is one of my aunt’s close friends, Dana. Dana is an incredible woman who shares many of the same passions for creativity that I do. She has set up an eBay store (danasdream) to help herself to fund her recovery. She is selling some beautiful and unique silver pieces and I encourage you to check them out.
I also want to encourage everyone to be their own advocate. Doctors are out there that are doing their very best, but you are not their only patient. There are lots of standard procedures for screenings, but you know your body best. Do your recommending screenings and tests, but if you feel there is something more, you must be the one to fight for answers.
I want to dedicate this post to my father, my mother’s friend Peggy, my aunt’s friend Dana, and in memory of the beautiful angel that is Amy Redman Hoge. You all inspire me to live fully and to always find hope.
Sincerely and Gratefully,