This was a special month for me in many ways. It was my first breast cancer awareness month as a survivor. I can't deny the fact that I shed quite a few tears in the last 31 days, but most were out of overwhelming happy emotions. I was so very touched by people's kindness this month, starting with the flowers from my two handsome nephews and Michael sporting his pink socksin my honor on the football field. That was the best way to kick off to BCA month in my opinion!
I was able to be blessed and see how truly generous and kind people can be. Between my walk and people just helping me out directly, I can honestly say there are amazing people in this world. They make challenges like this much easier. My angels and I raised over $8,000 for the American Cancer Society. The walk was one of the most exhilarating and moving experiences of my life. I cried, I laughed, I walked, surrounded by much love. It was a beautiful day on so many levels, not just weather-wise. The whole day did my soul good.
I also continued my treatments as scheduled and started the ball rolling on the radiation part of the process. I managed through the usual bizarre side effects. I even started writing a book. Yes, for those of you who have been encouraging it, I finally got started. It will take a while, but at least it's under way. (Get ready for the ride on the tour bus Mary C! First stop is at your house). I will admit, it's a challenge to do with chemo brain. I have a hard time remembering ideas if I don't write them down immediately, and of course, between work, chemo, a husband and an almost 3 year old, the ability to do so is limited.
While I can't get into the details, I also channeled my inner Erin Brockvich this month. It felt so amazing to be able to stand up for others who weren't able to do so themselves. I'm proud of that. I wish I could say more, but basically, I had a David and Goliath-type experience and was fortunate enough to be victorious.
At the end of the month, I look back feeling a bit celebratory, pink wig and all. I can say that this month made me a better person, made me stronger and more confident.
I pray that November is as blessed. I will start it by taking my last chemo and end it by having much to be thankful for. It doesn't get much better than that.