Judy, Louisville KY

January 2016

judyJudy stopped in to our office this morning to volunteer.  With the start of a new year, we are pleased to share a brand new volunteer as our Face of Hope for January. She is a breast cancer survivor.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with cancer.

I am a really good ping-pong player and a Reiki Master

What brought you hope as you faced cancer?

My faith helped me believe it was going to be alright.  I had put off going to the doctor because of the stress in my life, but then I had a dream that I needed to go.  My daughter helped me stay busy and I leaned on my family.

How do you live life over cancer?

I have a new appreciation for life and how I want to spend my time.  I help others.

How did you become connected with Hope Scarves? 

A stranger told me about Hope Scarves at Goodwill.  She and I started talking about grandchildren and then we were talking about cancer and she told me about Hope Scarves.  I just came in this morning to volunteer!

What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?

When you are faced with something life threatening you are faced with how you live your life. I was looking for a way to help others and Hope Scarves is a nice fit.

What is one of your dreams or goals for the future?

I’m older so my goals are different (laughing).  I realize the value of friends and family and so my goal is to spend time with those I love and be kind to people.  To really enjoy my grandchildren.

If your friends or family had to describe you in a couple of words, what would those be?

serious, perfectionist, kind

Please share something you learned facing cancer.

My mother died of cancer.  Before she died she told me she would send her love through a cardinal after she was gone. Throughout my treatment cardinals appeared at very meaningful times.  The peace this brought was something I had never felt before.