What fun we have each and every photo shoot!! We have such awesome ladies coming out for the B PINK Project!! WE LOVE OUR LADIES!! They are so beautiful and brave 🙂
As I stand on the precipice of my 51st year, I am taking time to reflect on this past year of my life. I have a dear friend named Tommy who spoke prophetically to me as I was turning 50. Tommy declared that this year was my Jubilee YEAR, he said that this would be a year of restoration. He spoke that everything that cancer had removed would be restored by God……..only BETTER!!
The Jews were commanded by God to observe a Jubilee Year, every 50 years. It was when any Israelite that was a slave was set free. Debts were forgiven and slaves returned to their homes and clans. The harvest was collected and the ground rested. It is where the concept of the Sabbatical year comes from.
So I began my 50th year with a wonderful party. I was surrounded by 75 people whom I know and love. Family came from Maryland, we rented a room and kicked off my next 50 years!! I had music, great food and I even sang with some of my chorus ladies. We had a photobooth there and everyone had a lot of FUN!!!
- I started to facilitate a BC Support at SCCC to help other BC survivors. We are up to 20 attendees and in Feb we will start on in Viera as well
- By April 2011, I became a full time employee of SCB Marketing (no longer an independent contractor).
- By June I had Merrill living with me (answering a 6 year prayer)
- By July, I had health insurance (that is huge for me)
- In August I was asked to be the survivor coordinator for the “B PINK Project”. A great project that will honor BC survivors and raise awareness and funds in our community.
- I joined the ACS “Cattle Baron’s Committee” which raises funding for Cancer patients and sends kids with cancer to rock camp.
- September, I got a NEW CAR!!!!
- In September I was honored as SCCC “Survivor of the Year”.
- In October I had 12 speaking engagements and “Put on my Pink bra” to Make Strides against breast cancer. I had a team of 25 walkers for the event and we raised nearly $4000. With USA giving me a huge donation.
- In November I asked my love and one of the Strongest men I have ever known to be my husband. We are getting married this summer 🙂
- I have had my relationship with a precious child restored. She was previously my step daughter and I had loved and missed her for nearly 2 years. Thank you God!!
- Dr. Guy has done a series of peels and laser on Dec 22nd which has corrected the damage to my skin from my cancer ordeal.
- I was elected to the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was installed last night.
- I have also had my prayer answered to be on Space Coast Cancer Foundation’s board. I was asked this week to join the process to join the board.
- This week, I got the word from my doctor, Dr. Levine that ALL my blood work is completely normal. No residual weirdness from cancer.
- I just got my statement from my retirement account and it is nice to be building something there again as well.
- I am finally getting my old hair back. Everyday more and more like my old hair 🙂
No matter where I look in my life I see God’s providence and blessing. So, it is with great joy and anticipation that I enter my 51st year~~ I will NEVER complain about a birthday or growing older. My Nana turned 94 yesterday and she did it so gracefully and beautifully. I want to be just like her when I grow up….serving others, still inquisitive, and making new friends and memories!!
Tommy was 1000% CORRECT
Reflections on being or becoming BALD.
Wish you were Hair……From Hair to Eternity………..Hair today Gone Tomorrow 🙂
These are some sayings that I wore proudly on hats and T Shirts when I was BALD.
To the casual non cancer observer, you think…..what’s the big deal it’s just HAIR? But to the cancer patient who has had all or part of her femininity scarred or removed completely……..it can seem huge. It feels like insult to injury. It is bad enough to lose your feeling of well being, your health, perhaps many other things, the loss of hair is just the topper. I really did not cry the day John shaved all my hair off, by the time he did it, it was choking me while I tried to sleep, it was a relief to let it go. The day I cried was the day all my eyelashes and eyebrows just rubbed off. I looked in the mirror and I looked like Mrs. Potatohead without her eyes and I started to cry. As I began to cry a line from “A League of their Own” came to mind. “There’s no crying in baseball”……….it made me laugh out loud. When I looked in the mirror as I was laughing, I realized, I still had a great SMILE 🙂 Sooooooooooo……..I bleached my teeth and decided I would dazzle folks with my SMILE and they would say…….what bald head? All I could see was your brilliant smile.
I read this poem while I was on chemo and it made me smile…….hope it does the same for you:
A WISDOM STORY- THE Three HAIRS.
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.” So she did and she had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. “Hmmm..,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.” So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. “Well,” she said, “Today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.” So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head. “YAY!” she exclaimed. “I don’t have to fix my hair today!”
Attitude is everything. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
May we all learn to “Dance in the rain!”