Breast Cancer. Been there, done that and I have the scars to prove it. Now it's my turn.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

There's Nothing Like Community

I think one of the most important things that emerged from all of the cancer crap I had to deal with was my sense of community -- and my faith in the goodness of people.

I've learned that, despite all the violence and tragedy and hurt that we see, the vast majority of people are still so full of love and generosity.

When I was going through treatment, casseroles and fresh bread and coffee friends always showed up at my door when I needed them most.  My mom and my best friends cleaned my house and kept up with my laundry.  They took Renee and Curtis on sleepover and movie dates to give them a much-needed break from the burden of sickness in our home.  My family came through the year of chemo and radiation almost unscathed, and it was because people cared enough to reach out to us.

Things have changed, but in my new adventure as a breast cancer survivor I am still surrounded by so much love and support that it feels overwhelming at times.

This was yesterday:    (photo courtesy of Sheri Saskatoon)

Aberdeen Composite School had a pep rally to kick off their Think Pink Week -- a full week of fundraising to support the C95 Radio Marathon.  Look at all the pink!

The feeling I get when I look out at all those faces and tell my story is indescribable.  Yesterday I could feel the generosity and hope brewing in the room.  These kids may not understand how much of a difference they are making when they pay admission to the noon hour sock hop or drop their loonie in the bucket to shave their teachers' heads.  But I do.  And that's what I told them.  I asked them to imagine what it might feel like to have the same experience that my kids did on the day I was diagnosed.  And then I asked them to help me help other families who may have moms affected by breast cancer.  And grandmas.  And aunties and teachers and friends.  We are making a difference by researching a cure.  Each one of those loonies they give really is making a difference!

It was my first time attending an event as part of the C95 Radio Marathon team.  Shauna and Rob and Sheri came to the school for the kick off too!  They are such awesome people -- you can feel the passion they have for this cause when they speak.  The kids were excited to have them there and planned a cool game show for them.  I'm still wondering, though, are they really Smarter Than The 6th Graders?  :)

Mr. Vedress was the perfect host for the game show.


I think Shauna, Sheri and Rob enjoyed themselves.  But, no, Sheri -- "Beiber" wasn't the answer!  LOL

It was, in all, a great pep rally.  Mrs. White and her committee worked very hard to put together an awesome week of activities and I can't wait to see what comes of it!  The staff of Aberdeen have already donated $500 and they've challenged the students to raise the same.  I'm sure they can do it!

Tonight, Russ and I and a bunch of friends are going to the Breast Benefit Ever at Lydia's on Broadway.  I am SO looking forward to it!  I've been meaning to go see Vaero perform for a while, but haven't had the chance.  Tonight, she'll be there along with a handful of other talented ladies.  It will be amazing, I am sure.

This ambassador role is pretty awesome so far, I have to admit.  I'm meeting people and getting the word out there.  It truly is feeding my calling  give back to the breast cancer cause in a real, measurable way.

I will, however, have to find a different way to curb hubby's "O Ambassador" jokes.  His ribs are going to get pretty sore with all the elbows I've been giving him.  Russell!  Someone's gonna get a hurtin' reeeeal bad!  LOL!

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