Amy is a scarf recipient who was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma at age 38.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with cancer.
I love to volunteer! I am a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and also became lifeguard certified to be able to run an open swim program at my daughters’ high school, which is also all volunteer. I am dedicated to helping people. It is such a great feeling to be able to help people that need it. I love it!
What brought you hope as you faced cancer?
My family brought me hope. I have 4 beautiful children and there is nothing I won’t do to make sure I have more time on earth with them.
How do you live life over cancer?
I’ve learned to live for the moment. I used to live for the future and focus so much on “what’s next” that I never slowed down to appreciate what I already had.
How did you become connected with Hope Scarves? Whether you received, sent or donated a Hope Scarf, what did this experience mean to you?
I learned about Hope Scarves from my friend. She works at a local hospital and picked up a bunch of stuff related to cancer for me after I was diagnosed. Information regarding Hope Scarves was one of them!
What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?
Hope Scarves is an awesome program!! It gives those that are going through chemo and/or losing their hair something beautiful to wear. It’s a great confidence booster and shows women that beauty can be seen in so many different ways.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to a friend facing cancer?
Do it! It’s a great way to honor someone. It’s the most thoughtful thing ever. It’s an honor to use such an amazing program.
What is one of your dreams or goals for the future?
My goal is to be cancer free and help others in need the way I have been helped. It is amazing how many good people are out there.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“Everything happens for a reason”. It relates so much to life and at times when I struggle with “why me” I remember this saying.
If your friends or family had to describe you in a couple of words, what would those be?
Strong. Determined. Courageous. Kind Hearted.
Please share something you learned facing cancer.
I’ve learned through fighting cancer that everything really does happen for a reason. I’ve learned to appreciate what I have and not always look for what’s next. I love so much more than I ever have these days. And I’m so grateful for this lesson in life.
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