(Originally posted October 2017)
This note marks my 11th year since diagnosis and my 10th October message. So many people over the years have connected with me to share their appointment dates, results, their scares, and struggles with breast cancer. Everyone has been touched in some way: as a survivor, caregiver, family member or friend.
This year, I am focusing on the next generation. I start with my daughter who proudly wore TaTa t-shirts all week, telling teachers who questioned if they violated dress code, that her mom had had breast cancer. She doesn't step back - she plows forward: to raise funds and make sure that her generation will see a cure in her lifetime.
When I spoke at Relay for Life this year, I told the group of mostly teens to remember to BE PRESENT and support those who are facing a cancer diagnosis. Adults aren't very good at it. My advice is to let the person battling know they have you in their corner. Don't ask what you can do - just do. Show up. These teens have the super powers to heal. And remember that laughter is truly the best medicine.
And today, I was honored by Katelyn Lee who stood for me at the Chargers game.