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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!

Approaching My Two Year Anniversary…

9 May

May 9, 2012

Oh boy, I can’t believe I haven’t written since October. I’m sure my blogger’s license has been revoked by now, but I’m going to give this a whirl anyway.

It’s hard to believe that I’m approaching my 2-year anniversary of being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. Just recently I was going through a bin of “bits and bobs,” and came across my 2010 calendar…

June 21: Mammogram.

The day that would be the beginning of a journey that I had already traveled 14 years earlier. It gave me chills to actually see the words in black and white but it also made me realize that I don’t think about cancer very much anymore. Sure, there are days or moments when I go back in time, get scared, feel sad…but those days are few and far between. I know my cancer journey is never going to be over but it’s not a part of my daily life any longer. This journey has turned a corner.

So, what have I been doing these past 7 months since I’ve been away from this blog?

I’ve had 3 haircuts. It’s hard to believe that this time last year I was sporting (or should I say covering) this hairdo:

I started a part-time job for Hallmark. It’s been a good way for me to slowly get back into the working world, one greeting card at a time.

I got Shingles. Shouldn’t you be immune to getting things like Shingles, the flu, or colds when you’ve had cancer twice? Just doesn’t seem fair to me.

I’ve been making little Hope dolls…

(hey, a little privacy please. Can’t you see that we’re naked and bald?)

all dressed and ready to go to Advocate Good Shepherd hospital in Barrington for a show.

And most importantly, I’m just living life!

So as this anniversary approaches, what could be more fitting than to be at the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Grayslake last month where I came upon this…

An engraved brick with the sweetest message was sitting along the walkway of the place where I first learned I had cancer again. The place where I felt warmth and compassion, the place that holds so many memories for me. What a perfect place for this little remembrance to be!

(To give you some background…when I was first diagnosed, Bob heard about a fundraiser for the new Cancer Center at the Grayslake facility. People had the opportunity to purchase a brick engraved with a personalized message for the garden area. As a surprise, Bob and Bobby donated money for a brick in my honor–but it took until just recently for the bricks to be placed.)

After donating the brick, Bob was interviewed for a story in the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital magazine:

Bob Liginski wanted to do something for his wife Cathy. Although she beat breast cancer over 14 years ago, a recent mammogram at the Grayslake Campus showed that the disease was back.

“I wanted to give hope to future patients who walk into the center and get that kind of news,” Liginski says. “You could go into the garden, or spend time there while you’re waiting, and see the names of many survivors. We’ve been so happy with the facility and all of the doctors here. It wasn’t just a way to give hope–it was a way to say thank you.

Bobby Liginski, the couple’s seven-year-old son, gave his dad a dollar so that the brick would officially be a gift from him as well.

“It was a great way to teach him about money and the importance of giving back. Cathy was so surprised and happy. She can’t wait to see how it looks once it’s complete.”

And it’s finally complete. And I am happy!

Back in the Summer of 2010, I couldn’t imagine being where I am today, but here I am. I got through it. I’m cured. And I’m looking forward to celebrating my two-year anniversary…

as a very grateful wife, mother, and survivor!

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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