Face of Hope, June 2013 – Jana (Floyds Knobs, IN)

1. How did you become connected with Hope Scarves?

I met Hope Scarves founder, Lara MacGregor, through the Norton’s Young Survivors Support group.

2. What are the things that provided hope and strength to you throughout your battle?

On countless occasions, I have been overwhelmed in a positive way by the thoughtful generosity and love of my friends and family. I have been lucky to receive countless care packages, phone calls, and cards. I never realized how much cards and a thoughtful message can mean to someone until I had this experience. I also live in the supportive Louisville, Kentucky community so I have access to support groups, educational seminars, and fun activities for those living with cancer. This experience has also made me realize that some people do not have the support network that I enjoy. It has been such a tough road that I want to help and support others who need it. I try to do things for others that have helped me along the way.

3. Where are you currently in your cancer journey? Tell us about your hobbies, interests, family and what is going on these days.

I have been in treatment for over 2 years and unfortunately, I continue to be in active treatment. I continue my work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I love to travel and when I have finished a major treatment segment, I reward myself with a cruise. My most recent trips were to Bermuda and Hawaii. I like to do yoga and paint. I am also working with a group of survivors to form a local Dragon Boat Racing team called Derby City Dragons. This has been a wonderful experience combing exercising and connecting to other survivors.

4. What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?

Hope Scarves provides a unique way to give back and connect with others through the story of the scarf.

5. What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to a friend battling cancer?

Hope Scarves is a way to show someone you are thinking about them and that you care. It’s a way to try and provide hope and strength at a time when it is most needed.

6. What is something that you would like to do that you haven’t done yet? (ie. Bucket List)

I would like to go to Australia and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. I would also like to travel to Anchorage, Alaska and Denali National Park.

7. What is your favorite inspirational quote or words to live by?

2 come to mind:
“Carpe Diem”…Seize the Day
And…
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

8. If your friends or family had to describe you in two words, what would those be?

Amazing , Genuine

9. Please share something you learned having gone through cancer.

I have been through SO much…I never realized the depth of my strength. This experience has also made me a more compassionate person because I better understand other’s challenges and hurts. Now, I never pass up an opportunity to have fun. I try to make the most of everyday and appreciate the beauty in each moment.