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I Hope…

25 Jan

January 25, 2013

In my last post, less than 2 weeks ago, I said I would be very happy to not talk about cancer… so I’m not going to talk about cancer.

Instead, I’ve chosen to talk about hope because hope is positive and optimistic. Hope keeps you going when times get tough. Hope keeps you dreaming. Hope looks forward to a happy tomorrow, even if today isn’t so happy. Hope is believing and trusting. Hope is one of those things in life you cannot do without. I’d rather talk about hope than cancer.

There’s the kind of hope you use in your everyday life…

I hope I get a good parking spot…

I hope that sweater is still on sale…

I hope I remembered to set my DVR…

And then there’s the kind of hope and longing that fills your entire heart and soul.

I’ve known that kind of hope all too well. First with my own diagnosis, then with my father, and now for my cousin Jenny and her husband (my cousin-in-law) Charlie. Just a short while ago we found out that Charlie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was one of those sucker punches that came from nowhere. One day you’re celebrating Christmas, then you turn around and you’re dealing with cancer.

We’ll never understand why these things have to happen so the best we can do is to hold on to hope, and to give hope in whatever way we can. I sent Li’l Charlie, my superhero of Hope, off to Charlie and Jenny to watch over them and to remind them that we believe in them and that we believe in the power of hope.

Li’l Charlie

Complete with a purple ribbon heart!

Jenny has been writing about their journey on their Caring Bridge website and I wanted to share the site because the more positive, good thoughts heading their way, the better.

Real Charlie

I recently came across a sweet quote…

“Hope is knowing that people, like kites, are made to be lifted up”

Charlie, as you begin your treatments next week, our hope is that you and Jenny will continue to feel loved and lifted by all those around you.

Please know that your aunt, uncle, cousins, and cousins-in-law are sending our love to you!


Sweet October…

28 Oct

October 28, 2012

What a mixed bag of emotions this October has been…

The month began with the sweetest surprise, both literally and figuratively. Bobby’s good friend Jacob surprised me with this adorable cake…

Not only did he make the cake from scratch, but he designed it all on his own. Using a pattern he made himself, he cut the cake into a ribbon shape (no ribbon shaped cake pan for this baker), rolled out fondant, made the frosting and the cake…everything from scratch. It was beautiful, and probably one of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted. Bobby obviously agreed…

I see a future Food Network star here… and future CEO of  Jake’s Cakes Inc. Thank you Jacob for this incredibly touching and tasty start to Breast Cancer Awareness month. You are a special guy with a special family, and we are so blessed to have you all in our lives.

Then the October issue of Lake County Magazine came out with an article about Hope and Fundraising. A few weeks earlier I had received a call from a writer who was doing a story on fundraising. We had a lovely conversation which resulted in a wonderful article that touched on my blog, ACS fundraising, my dolls, and our Life In A Day experience. We were so excited to see the magazine when we were out one night that I grabbed 8 copies. Bobby then told me that I should have left some for others to read. Hmmm, how did he become the voice of reason at age 9? Well, the article is below!

Cathy in LC Magazine

On October 21st, my team Cathy and Her 2 Bobs took to the pavement and walked in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Independence Grove. My sisters-in-law Diane and Jennifer, and nieces Kylee and Nicki (in spirit!) made the day so very special for me. They surprised me with our team sweatshirts…

Diane made the greatest team sign…

And of course, we had our traditional post-walk breakfast at Wildberry…

Along with hundreds of other people with the same idea.  But we waited it out HALTS and all…

And left HALT-less and happy.

Our close friends Jill, Robert, Laura, Nick, and CJ rounded out the team with the quote of the day going to 5-year old CJ when, after having walked long enough, he said “Mom, why are you making me do this?”

He doesn’t know it now but someday I hope he’ll know that he made his friend Bobby and Bobby’s mom very happy by being there that day!

And of course in my thoughts and prayers all the time is my dad. This has been a rough month for him. He’s been through hell and back but the blessing here is “back.” He’s on his way back.

The combination of chemo and radiation has been brutal. There is really no other way to describe it. It took a toll on him both physically and emotionally but even so, he was determined to keep going for his radiation treatments. The will he had to keep pushing through is none other than amazing, and a testament to the human spirit and my dad’s amazing strength.

He’s now 3 weeks out of treatments and feeling stronger day by day. Not by leaps and bounds but just little by little. And we’ll certainly take that.

The next milestone will be confirmation that the treatments did what they were intended to do. In my heart I know they did but we just have to hear the words from the doctor.

So yes, October was a mixed bag of emotions with many ups and downs. It was very tough and we felt very sad at times, but it was also very happy and we felt very grateful at times. Through it all though, we felt hopeful. We feel hopeful. Always hopeful.

And that’s a sweet way to end October…

It’s a Wrap…

3 Jul

July 3, 2012

It’s the summer of 2012 and the 2-year anniversary of my diagnosis has come and gone. It’s now time for me to wrap up this leg of my journey and put this little blog on the shelf for now.

I’m so glad I started this blog even when I didn’t know what purpose it would serve. And I’m go glad you came along for the ride. I hope that my writing touched you or sparked something in you, inspired you, or made you laugh.

I never dreamed that writing this blog would have so much meaning for me. It gave me a place to put my thoughts and fears. It let me share the ordinary days and those incredible extraordinary days. It kept me connected and reminded me that people were there with me even when I felt alone. It gave me a sense of calm and peace. It gave me hope and helped me heal.

And that’s quite a lot for a little blog to do… especially one that started without a purpose. Sometimes we set out to find our story, and sometimes our story finds us.

Thank you for allowing me to share my story, my journey, with you.

Everyone Needs a Little Hope in Their Life!

13 Oct

October 14, 2011

And why is that?

Well, because hope is positive and optimistic. Hope keeps you going when times get tough. Hope keeps you dreaming. Hope looks forward to a happy tomorrow, even if today isn’t so happy. Hope is believing and trusting. Yes, hope is one of those things in life you cannot do without!

And Hope is the name of the little dolls I’ve been making this past few months. Li’l Hope …

These dolls are my way of giving back and being a part of the Pink Ribbon community that has given so much hope to so many women… hope for a cure, hope for a future. I’ve been so fortunate to have benefited from many of the advances that have been made in the fight against breast cancer and I want to contribute in my own way to this fight. All of the pink ribbon fabric used is fabric that gives back to various breast cancer research organizations through percentage of sales and when I sell a doll, I donate a percentage to breast cancer research as well.

Last October my treatments for breast cancer were just beginning and thankfully they’re all behind me now. It was a tough year but through it all I never gave up hope. And Li’l Hope, with her crazy hair, big smile, and pink ribbon skirt is a sweet and simple reminder for me to always keep that hope in my heart… to always keep dreaming and keep believing that it’s all going to be okay. That’s what her little face tells me when I look into those button eyes!  And you know what? I believe her!

Yep, everyone needs a little hope in their life!


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