Before having cancer, I assumed that the toughest part would be treatment—chemo, surgery, and radiation. To be sure, it was difficult. However, the real challenge is in resuming “normal” life.
Imagine suddenly losing 30lbs of weight. Your wardrobe looks the same, and of course, you still like all the clothes—you picked them, after all--but nothing quite fits anymore. You trip over your now baggy pants; your butt looks flat; you don’t feel nearly as stylish or beautiful in last year’s jacket; and that sweater that once felt so cozy and warm now hangs limply in search of the flesh that once filled it.
I still recognize the life I had before my diagnosis, but it no longer fits the same way. Breast cancer took more than just my hair—it took a big part of my spirit.
Fortunately, A Fresh Chapter (AFC) understands the challenges cancer survivors face and helps them find their way again. This March, I have the opportunity to join AFC and 10 other survivors in Costa Rica for 2 weeks of community service and personal development.
I know that I’ve asked a lot of you this year, both financially and emotionally, and have greatly depleted my “karma bank.” I never imagined I’d be in this position—it’s HARD to ask for help. Even a small monetary contribution will result in a BIG change in me, and in the world.
A Fresh Chapter (Alliance Foundation) is a Project in affiliation with Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) a non profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations will be used to cover program related costs and all US Donations of $100+ are eligible for a tax receipt. Thank you for your support!