|SUE - a breast cancer survivor||
My trip to Nemacolin with Casting for Recovery was great despite traffic delays going down and coming back. I had two roommates and meet others that have walked the walk. The support personnel was great and I found my heart sometimes raw when I heard familiar stories/ problems/ concerns. There was time for lead discussion and one on one interaction and all in all it was amazing. I also learned that roll-over casting, I am pretty darn good at(So I was told) but I still didn't catch anything. We laughed and cried and ate the whole time. Beautiful surroundings and a time to reflect and hopefully mend some holes. We all deal with our cancer in different but same ways. Outcomes are different for us all and one person's strength may be another person's weakness. I am not as whole as I once thought and now it is back to the drawing board to heal over some things that came to the surface. I am up to the task and will diligently address those things that have reared up in my life again. The serene quiet and beauty of standing in a river was the highlight of it all. I really didn't care if I caught a fish. I see a higher power in all I look at and realize that we are where we need to be when we need to be there. This Friday will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a gallery opening at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville. We hope to have you drop in between 6:30 and 8:30 and see the various works of art from over 25 local, regional and nationally acclaimed women artists. There will be some of my works along with Rich Sayer and the continuation of my Celebration of Life. I hope to see you there and it will make it a great day!