|SUE - a breast cancer survivor||
The snow is falling, again! It is ok as I know it won't be around long. The deer have been grazing in the back yard (eating some of the corn that finds it way out there to them) and it was a quiet night. Tomorrow I will be leaving for a conference on breast cancer in Las Vegas so the blog will be quiet till next week. I am hoping then I can fill you with all kinds of knowledge that I have learned. I can't say that Las Vegas would be my spot to pick, I would prefer a quieter scene placed in an area less populated and featuring the good old outdoors or at least areas to look out at the surrounding scenery as I eat my meals. This will be a power packed opportunity and I will meet the challenge. I am forewarning you as next Thursday, I may not dazzle you as I regroup and refocus into the routine I have established. First thing after I get to work, I look to see what patients I will see today and brush up on their history so that I hopefully can talk to them intelligently and answer what fears and concerns and issues they are dealing with. I plan the day around the times that they will be here, then I work on projects that I have going which include the Look Good Feel Better for patients, the two support groups coming up: Staying Connected (third Wed of every month here in the library at 12, bring your lunch and also Through your Eyes for Caregivers (3rd Wed of every month at 7 pm) here at the institute. I am devoting lots of time to my big project -NO PADDING- JUST THE SUPPORT which will be April 16th at the Iroquois Club in Conneaut Lake from 8-3 for breast cancer patients and survivors which will be a fun-filled, informational day with lots of breakout sessions and breakfast and lunch included with a low price of $10 per ticket that can be purchased here at the Institute. I am hoping to have a great turnout since it is our (my) first try at presenting something of this nature to our community. I have many speaking engagements coming up and also will do some advertising on the radio to promote our programs. I continue to gather prayer shawls/ lap robes/ and blankets that people have made and prayed over while making them for our patients that I have and give out during treatment to those in need of that extra boost or hug. I am also working diligently in setting up (with others) a Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Tumor Board and in my early morning hours before everyone descends, I share my time with you. Those are just the upcoming highlights but know I am always available to those in need, feel free to call, write or email. We are not alone in this world and sometimes you just have to reach out and ask as we all need a little boost now and then. I will be back with you on Thursday and in the meantime, MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!.