In May 2012 four days before I turned 55, I heard the words "You have breast cancer". I considered myself as survivor from the start, and on Dec 6, 2015, I will be 3 years cancer free. I believe with all my heart that my positive outlook not only healed me faster, but my family as well.
As positive as I was, chemo takes it toll, and during that part of my treatment The Foundation for Living Beauty (FFLB) gave me a sisterhood that uplifted my spirits, taught a type A personality how to meditate, reminded me of my strength, and even was able to make me feel beautiful at a time when I surely was not.
On my very first retreat I sat in a circle after finishing yoga with my fellow Living Beauties; I decided to take off the scarf on my bald head for the first time in public. As a round of applause exploded into the air, tears slid down my face, followed by the tears of my fellow Living Beauties. As I looked around the room into the eyes of each Living Beauty, her story was told to me with unspoken words, each of us knowing what a big decision this was for each one of us. I was so overwhelmed by their immediate understanding that the strength and love I saw in their eyes gave me such a feeling of empowerment that I never felt more beautiful than I did at that moment.
This experience, the amazing women I’ve met whose stories humble me with their strength and dignity, and whom I am now privileged to call my friends, will forever be bound to me strengthened by our sisterhood.
Your donations make it possible for me, and any woman who has been touched by cancer to become a Living Beauty, and participate in these types of healing and life changing events and wellness retreats at no cost.
FFLB helps women throughout their entire cancer journey. The Foundation of Living Beauty allowed my emotional well being to not only heal, but flourish in ways that is hard for people who have not been touched by cancer can understand.
I hope my fundraising page can convey the importance of this wonderful charity. Your donation helps women while they are going through their cancer journey, in the present, making your donation to FFLB a true gift to the wowen touched by cancer.
Thank you again for taking the time to read my story about The Foundation of Living Beauty.
A donation of any size to raise the funds necessary to make this possible would be greatly appreciated.
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