This has been a busy week including many different programs that I went to and did presentations and last night was truly an outstanding effort from Lakeview High School and Commodore Perry which put on a wonderful "Pink Event". The volleyball game was the focus but they had Chinese raffles and lemonade and cookies and a educational table and I got to do a short intro about breast cancer and the institute. It was great to look out at the sea of pink and here the support. Monies will be coming to the institute to help all cancer patients and I will say there is a tremendous need. It is wonderful to see support in the community from the community. The kids were active participants and I am sure they gained from all their efforts as they know how important it is to volunteer and support your neighbors and friends during a difficult time with cancer, any type of cancer. It is exciting to see the involvement and with no political agenda and optimism and hopes for a better future.
I know as I have said that some people are sick of pink but again it is awareness and I don't buy a product because it is pink, I buy it because I want it. The 13th of this month is also designated for Metastatic Breast Cancer and we need to know that there are people out there that are struggling each day to live and that there are those that may lose the battle along the way and how do we talk to family and friends when this hits so close to home. This conversation or education is not as prominent but is done on a one to one basis as the needs arise. That is when I will talk about HOSPICE and quality of life and tying up lose ends and rebuilding bridges that have broken down and finding the peace that we all need and will face some day.
A single day will find me doing all of these things and I am still a mom and my family and their lives are in the back of my mind always. As with any family, there are things I can't fix or change much like cancer. Learning better coping mechanisms and opening communication is the best I can offer. So at the end of the day today, home I go to my husband,my two dogs, my "GRAND" dog, my son and my daughter and although I am not directly working with any patients, my prayers continue and hopes and my compassion remains. I am glad it is Friday as it has been an extremely busy time this month including this past week and I will start over on Monday bu