In September, myself and a few other lovelies will be competing in the Rugged Maniac Mud Run Obstacle Course! Not only is this an exciting challenge for me personally, it's a chance to raise money and awareness for an important cause. The American Cancer Society is such an important foundation, and I think most everyone I know has been, in some way affected by the dreaded C-word.
When I was a young one, I was told my Grandma had Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I didn't really understand what that meant, but I knew cancer was really bad. She battled the disease, struggled through chemo, and luckily is still here today, in remission. She found strength within herself that she did not know she had until this disease grabbed her.
Several years ago, my great Aunt Arlone, at age 85 was diagnosed with colon cancer. She opted for no treatment, as it would only prolong her life by a few months, months full of devastatingly difficult chemo. This woman was a huge inspiration to me, she was a badass before women were allowed to be badasses. She lived her life unapologetically, by her own standards and always accepted those with a good heart. Watching her decline in the last few weeks of her life was one of the hardest things I've ever seen, and I feel blessed to have spent all the time I had with her. we were able to say final goodbyes and I know she is no longer in pain, but it really fueled my hate for cancer.
Within a week of losing my Aunt, Chris' aunt Marylou, succumbed to her battle with liver cancer. She was not a drinker, but somehow this disease found her too. She went in and out of remission and founght cancer for years. She taught preschool for Aliyah, and became so sick she had to close her in-home preschool. Within a week of saying goodbye to her greatest passion and her young students, she too, gained her wings.
Shortly after, I found out a very close cousin has been diagnosed with a slow progressing, rare form of cancer. It's manageable, but it's scary as hell.
Another beautiful cousin is actively fighting thyroid cancer. She too is an inspiration and from the moment you speak to her you see her amazing spirit.
Just last year, a friend from high school was faced with a huge wake up call. He found out that he too, was fighting on the front line. Luckily, due to all the research and awareness today, his cancer was found in a very early stage, and a relatively easy surgery saved his life and put him into remission!
Everyone has thier stories, has said thier goodbyes or celebrated triumphs of a clear scan. Because of all these amaxing people, I created this page. Every donation counts, no matter how small. Please give what you can in the name of someone you love. Let's all fight cancer together, let's spread awareness, and help contribute to finding a cure.
Thanks for for reading my page! I feel blessed to be healthy and strong and compete in this race for evergone who is fighting or has fought this battle.