Thursday, October 17, 2013

It Feels Better to Do SOMETHING

I've been in a bit of a holding pattern since my meeting with the breast surgeon two weeks ago.  Surgery is set for next Thursday, and in the meantime, there isn't really anything for me to DO in relation to this.  People often refer to those with breast cancer (and other cancers) as "fighters" or "survivors".  And I'm not going to argue with that.  It is a battle of sorts -- in some cases, a very tough battle.  Thankfully, from everything I've learned to date, my personal battle isn't going to be nearly so tough as it is for many.  I'm lucky.  In so many ways.

That said, I haven't had much to do in the way of fighting the Evil Cancer Monster since I learned it had decided to pay me a visit, and that has left me feeling somewhat asea. I've never been very good at passivity -- certainly not when a battle or challenge is at hand.  So when my good friends at FTR Radio (in particular, John Brodigan, Thomas LaDuke and Fingers Malloy) suggested holding a fundraiser/radiothon to help raise money for a breast cancer charity, I was all in.  THIS was something to DO!  I can tweet and Facebook and e-mail the heck out of a fundraiser link!

So, that's what I aim to do today. I was going to apologize in advance if it seems as though you're getting inundated with these links and notifications, as I know they can be somewhat overwhelming, but you know what?  No. I'm doing this without apology.  Since I shared my diagnosis publically, I've had so many wonderful people reach out to me and ask me to let them know if there's anything they can do to help. Often, my response has been, "Thank you, but I really can't think of anything I need right now, other than prayer."  And the prayers, I promise, are tremendously appreciated!  But now, there IS something you all can do.  Actually, there are several somethings you can do (I like to give people options!):

  1. Go here and click on the link at the bottom to donate directly to the fundraiser - our goal is $1,000;
  2. Go here and buy a snazzy pink tee - our goal is 45 t-shirts sold; OR
  3. Share either and/or both of these links via social networks or e-mails.
A little background re: the first two:  As you'll see from Link #1, FTR is hosting the fundraiser, and specifically broadcasting TONIGHT from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern) in an effort to get the word out on this.  I'm not the only one at FTR who's faced this sort of battle, personally, or on behalf of a loved one. So I know it means a lot to the folks there to help raise money and awareness for the cause.  It certainly means a lot to me.  Link #2 was the handiwork (and thoughtfulness) of my friend Jennie Agape Bos, and offers another way you can help contribute -- and receive something in return. 

Lastly, I understand all too well that times are tough and money is tight for a lot of folks, so would simply ask if you cannot contribute monetarily that you help spread the word via social media, e-mail, however. 

I know I'll make it through this -- the odds are overwhelmingly in my favor, and I have wonderful friends and family supporting me.  But imagine if we could actually find a cure!  Your help today/tonight will go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, where 91% of every dollar spent goes to research and awareness programs.  So please step up and help however you can.  Thank you!! 


  1. I am a new follower to SOTST.

    That means one more prayer (as in "he who prays") is on your side!

  2. You go girl! Ordered the t-shirt and looking forward to you kicking cancer ass :)

  3. You are in my prayers always, mi amiga! Can't wait to wear my t-shirt! xox