1. How did you become connected with Hope Scarves?
My sister, Chris, brought me the information when she came to stay with me for my first chemo treatment. Chris has endometrial cancer…need I say more.
2. If you received a scarf and story please share how this impacted your healing journey. If you shared a scarf with a loved one please share this experience and what it meant to you.
I received a scarf and was so touched by her story. I wore it all the time! After my hair started to grow back I wanted to show it off and sent back the scarf along with one of my own. I truly hope that the woman that receives it gets the same warmth that I got from my donor.
3. What are the things that provide hope and strength to you throughout your battle?
Without question it was the support from my family and friends. It was overwhelming and will stay with me forever.
4. Where are you currently on your cancer journey? Tell us how you are living life over cancer.
I have Herceptin every three weeks until October. I take Arimidex for five years. My lastest reconstructive surgery was one month ago. I will most likely have one more in the near future. I try not to think about the “what ifs” or “did I do the right thing”. I can’t wait to get back to work!!.
5. What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?
I wish people knew how such a simple thing like getting a scarf in the mail can make you feel. I received the scarf after my second treatment and was so sick. It truly brought me hope.
6. What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to a friend facing cancer?
7. What is one of your dreams or goals for the future?
I want to volunteer to help people going through chemo. To talk to them, listen to them, hold their hand; tell them that I really do understand how they feel and that the terrible side effects will go away.
8. What is your favorite inspirational quote or words to live by?
PEACE. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. (unknown)
9. If your friends or family had to describe you in two words, what would those be?
10. Please share something you have learned facing cancer.
I lost my husband to cancer five years ago, my sister is now in her third battle. What I learned is that I never really knew how they felt. No one can truly understand how someone feels. Because of this, I have learned to listen.