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October 2011

On The Road to a Virtual Voyage!

I figured a  “Throwback Thursday” would be a most appropriate time to wax nostalgic and invite you to join me on my next virtual vacation!  This weekend I will set off on a wondrous adventure “across the pond”  touring southern England!  As if that weren’t fabulous enough, I’m traveling with my daughter Sara, just the two of us, as her graduation gift before she heads off to college next month! 

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  During my 25+ years at ABC7, many of you have watched Sara grow up over the years - here’s the nostalgic part - and during that time she has become an incredible traveler! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She took her first cruise before she was 2 - at 4, she was climbing pyramids in Mexico!

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At 6, Sara accompanied me and my Mom on a trip to Spain - 3 generations in our mother country! At 10, Sara was sightseeing through ancient Greece; at 12 she experienced the glaciers of Alaska!

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I took her to President Obama’s first inauguration - we explored the holy land together with members of our congregation.

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I chaperoned a high school choir trip to Ireland, and back in the states we took road trips to our national parks and the entire stretch of Rt. 66!  Sara’s 18th birthday with a destination party to the “Happiest Place on Earth!”

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I now invite you to join us on our next adventure, as I share our discoveries in London and many other historic places in the UK.  We arrive at Heathrow Airport Monday August 4th; posts on Facebook and Twitter soon to follow!  As this is an “interactive vacation,” feel free to make suggestions, ask questions or give advice - this is the first time in the UK for both of us!

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One more thing - a heartfelt thanks to my incredibly understanding husband for giving Sara and I this special bonding time while he stays at home.  Besides, someone has to watch the dogs, right?!

 

Bon Voyage!

 

 

10/02/2011

On The Road to Breast Cancer Survival

October is always a very challenging month for me.  As many of you may already know, I am a stage 4 breast cancer survivor.  I was diagnosed in July of 2006 and have been in remission since January of 2007.  I feel blessed to still be cancer-free, and am grateful for all the support I have received and continue to receive along the way.  

Things have changed since my initial diagnosis; while treatment is still a big part of my life, breast cancer does not dominate my daily thoughts and activities.  I work hard to stay healthy, and do everything in my power to prevent a recurrence, having adopted the attitude that this is a chronic illness, not a fatal one.

I can't say that I'm at the point where a day goes by when I don't think about cancer - I don't know that I will ever be in that place - however, the thoughts become fewer and more distant as time passes.

That is, until October.

Everywhere you turn, you see pink - the official color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Don't get me wrong; I am ever so grateful for the support, education, health advancements and closer steps to a cure that all of this awareness brings...in reality, it's helping keep me alive!

The challenge for me is, that while all of these people and organizations are doing double-time to help the cause, it is a constant reminder that I am living with a very aggressive, fatal form of this disease.  I think of myself as a strong person - one who has and will continue to be very active in helping other breast cancer patients and survivors.  During October, there are times when it is difficult for me to stay strong; sometimes I want to hold my own private pity party! That is so not me!

Breast cancer has touched so many people.  If you don't have a friend or family member who is a patient or survivor, I'm sure you know someone who does.  What I'm asking you to do during the month of October is be the best friend or relative you can to that person.  Treat them like you would treat any best friend or favorite sibling, aunt or cousin.  Don't single them out - lift up their spirits. Tell them you love them, just because!

On Sunday morning, October 16th, I will be co-hosting the ABC7 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Montrose Harbor.  I will be there to support all my "breast cancer sisters (and brothers!)" at this wonderful event.  Let's keep that positive spirit alive during the entire month of October - heck, why not the entire year?!

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