You may be thinking to yourself, "Is she crazy?" Or "What is she thinking!". Let me enlighten you!
I am a pre-op nurse at St Francis Hospital in Hartford Ct. On a daily basis I take care of patients that are awaiting potentially life altering diagnosis. I see their tears and strained faces. I feel their anxiety, as their fear is often palpable. I comfort and encourage. I give advice to patients and family.
My advice is drawn from my own personal history of Ovarian cancer. My advice comes from watching relatives challenge Bladder and Tongue cancer. It comes from close friends with Breast cancer, and coworkers with Lynch syndrome. Every surgery, test and treatment is life changing.
I tell my patients to take one day at a time.....sometimes we need to pull back and take one hour, or one moment at a time. We focus on surgery. We look forward to the afternoon in recovery. Only after day one can you allow youself to think of day two. The waiting for diagnosis and the period of time not knowing what comes next was absolutely the most difficult time for me personally. Again, one day at a time one moment at a time.
I have been so fortunate compared to so many others. I am active, strong and so very involved. My husband, family and friends have always been my strength. I am a firm believer in mental health, and being a part of life, and not allowing life to take place around you.
A friend asked me to embark on this fundraiser event with her. She said, "You're the only person that I could think of that is crazy enough to do this".... Was that a compliment? I'm not so sure. She has never asked me to do anything for her. I do this to support her, doing what she needs to do to stick it to Cancer. I do this for my friends, family, patients and myself.
"each day's a gift and not a given right, leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind, and try to take the path less traveled by. That first step you take is the longest stride...." Sorry I just quoted a Nickleback song:)