Face of Hope, October 2013 – Sarah (Louisville, KY)
1. How did you become connected with Hope Scarves?
A friend invited me to their wonderful fundraiser last fall. I took along several scarves with my stories attached.
2. How did it feel to share your story and encouragement to others when you donated your scarves?
It felt great! One thing I was determined to take away from my experience with cancer was my ability to help those who are starting the journey. I was so proud of myself that I made it through and I wanted to pass that confidence on to others. Donating my scarves to Hope Scarves was a perfect outlet through which to do that.
3. What are the things that provided hope and strength to you throughout your battle?
I found humor to be empowering to me throughout my experience with breast cancer. It gave me control over the situation and helped me handle it with my children, Camille and Campbell. I remember one day in the car I was hot and took my scarf off. At first they were a little embarrassed. I told them to keep track of the number of people who were staring at me. By the end of the trip my son was saying, “Oh, oh, mom, that guy is looking at you. That makes ten!” We were all laughing about it. Also, fortunately for me, I had several friends who were going through it at the same time. I could see from some what I had ahead of me and help those who were behind me in their treatments.
4. Where are you currently in your life after cancer? Tell us about your hobbies, interests, family and what is going on these days.
I feel great these days. I just passed the two year mark for the end of my chemo and radiation. Both of my children play soccer for Kentucky Fire Juniors teams. We go to A LOT of soccer games but I love it. I work as a dental hygienist and enjoy meeting new people every day. I use my position as a health care provider to spread awareness of breast cancer and regular screenings.
5. What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?
I can’t think of a more thoughtful gesture than to send a Hope Scarf to someone who is experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments. It represents so much more than just a scarf.
6. What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to a friend battling cancer?
I would tell them to definitely do it. The recipient will be so happy to know that they are connecting with someone who has walked in their shoes.
7. What is something that you would like to do that you haven’t done yet? (ie. Bucket List)
I’ve always wanted to travel across the country in an RV.
8. What is your favorite inspirational quote or words to live by?
One of my favorite singers, Michael Franti:
“…no matter how life is today. There’s just one thing that I got to say. I won’t let another moment slip away.”
9. If your friends or family had to describe you in two words, what would those be?
10. Please share something you learned having gone through cancer.
One thing I try to remember after cancer is that you never know what someone is going through so try to be kind to everyone. As a breast cancer patient I had a scarf that alerted people to what I was experiencing. Not everyone has a scarf to tell you they are having a rough time. Next time someone is short with you, try to remember that and be kind.
You emit such positive vibes and definitely inspire others. Observing you taking the initiative, meeting those for lunch who just got a diagnosis, sharing your story and offering HOPE to patients that you come in contact with is really spectacular. And you do it in such a relaxed manner. And I believe the fact that you are so active must be an inspiration-you have not let the dreaded C affect your passion for life. I so admire you. You are a great choice to be representing Scarves for Hope !
What a nice overview of your situation-then… & now! And what a nifty idea for SCARVES to be passed along. The recipient will know it represents yet another survivor & gain HOPE for themselves.
I am so very proud to be able to call you a friend. As I have personally watched you on this journey, you have handled it with grace, dignity, strength and a sense of humor. What a great “Face of Hope.” You are an inspiration to all those around you.
I know you have lived and live by every word you wrote. Two words come to mind when I think of your journey with breast cancer, no three words…Grace, Humor, and maybe most importantly, Inspirational.
Sarah, I am so glad and proud to have known you for so many years. You are such a beautiful, strong gal with a great sense of humor and a wonderful family. You are an important role model for all cancer survivors and patients. Camille, Campbell (and Todd) are very lucky to have you in their lives. It is indeed a pleasure to know you and all the Volk/Chandler family. We love you all.