When sadness is the right message…
Greetings to you all! I hope you had a wonderful summer filled with peace, fun and whatever fills your soul. I could describe my summer in many ways. It has been filled with trips and fun, but I think in reflecting back on it I am proudest to say it was the summer I needed and strived hard to accomplish. Yes, it has been too long since I have posted. I have been so touched by those of you that have inquired as to how I am doing. Thank you for caring. I am continuing to do well. I am so honored that you continue to choose to spend time reading my blog. I was recently informed that my blog was selected as one of the best cancer blogs. I was, to say the least, surprised and very honored. Go to blog.delimmune.com to check out the blogs selected.
We have had a busy month with events since this is “our cancer” month. Fortunately, we have had lots of success, especially with getting our message out. We recently held our annual Teal Tea Party and Stiletto Sprint. I am so proud of the volunteers involved in both these events because they chose to represent the real side of cancer, not just the “rah-rah side.” I hear too many survivors with metastatic cancer say they are not welcomed to participate at some events because they do not represent the “cured” crowd. In my opinion, this is so sad and so wrong on so many levels. This year I had the privilege of being on the Z team at the sprint. This team was established by my friend, Phyllis. Phyllis was asked to represent survivors in a TV interview and the day of the interview she was informed by her doctor that he recommended she enter hospice, as there was no more treatment available to try. Phyllis, in her usual spunky style, insisted that the interview carry on. The day of the event she kicked the sprint off in her wheelchair and the announcer shared her story.
This month I have lost too many friends. Funerals have become way too often something I attend. For me, this true message at events represents the true support that cancer survivors need. Not “just have a positive attitude, “you can fight this” , “be strong for those that love you” kinda crap. The affirmation that survivors need and deserve is for others to know the reality of the disease and to open their wallets to give $$ to cure it. I’m proud to be a part of a community that did both of these for me and others….thank you, supporters.