Sep 10

Tonight I stood with about twenty other breast cancer survivors in the center of a gymnasium while we received a lengthy and enthusiastic standing ovation at Volley For the Cure.  I am humbled to have been in the room with such greatness.  Thank you to the Mastermind for orchestrating it, to every volunteer who contributed, and to every person who attended tonight’s event.  You made a difference today.

Next I plan on participating in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure event in Cincinnati on September 29th.  As I’ve said here before, I want fifty more  years: it will exciting to see what developments are made in breast cancer treatment during those fifty years.

Hope, people.  Hope.


  1. Hi – firstly I’d like to say congratulations and you truly deserve all the recognition you get – secondly I’m 27 and have just been told I probably have throat cancer (I get biopsy results next week) and truthfully I’m terrified. Do you have any advice for me? I’m still astounded by your courage and strength and now believe that I was led to your blog all those months ago to help me get through my journey.

  2. Jen ~ Hope has become a reality 🙂 Thank You 🙂

  3. I’m thrilled with your good news. I’ve followed you for two reasons – we are close in age and your cancer presented so much like my mom’s did 16 years ago; I felt a kinship with you. I am so happy your prayers were answered and you are able to do advocacy work. I gently suggest that you look at supporting some of the longer term cancer organizations, that work for awareness and research for those women (and men) who are not survivors, but veterans. My mom was in remission for years before she was diagnosed as metastatic and she has fought every day for the last 8 years. I have seen her shut out by the organization you mention, and my family and our experience sidelined. You have a glorious outcome and story and I KNOW no one wants to think about women like my mom or their families – oh, I get it. She is your worst nightmare and we are not a neat bow – but we live on hope and joy, too. If it so moves you, there are some great places who would love to have you on their team. God bless and I will continue to pray for you and your mom!