Others for whom I am riding- "Beautiful Smile"
We hear all the time, and too many of us know, that cancer affects everyone. Whether it is the individual themselves battling or someone near to us, it is everywhere. Recently, a true loved one of mine was diagnosed with cancer. She is one of the most beautiful women I know - beautiful on the outside, but, even more so on the inside. Her smile ligths up every room she enters. She is a health professional who gives of her time, energy, love, commitment, and sympathetic ear on a daily basis. Anyone who meets her will tell you that she has touched their life in one way or another. She exudes the definition of a good listener. Basically, it is just stupid that she has to deal with this shit; but, as I knew she would do, she is taking on this fight with the best attitude. She just started her radiation treatment and is taking it one step each day - knocking off each treatment as she goes. I got a message from "Beautiful Smile" this morning saying "5 down....5 to go <3 <3" Yup, you go kick that cancers ass! I love you my sweet, sweet Beautiful Smile" and I look forward to seeing you on the other side of this fight that you are taking on like Goliath. #facethefight
A bit about my my mum and dad.
I remember the visit like it was yesterday. My mum came to NS to see me and my family. She didn't seem like her usual full-of-life self. She had very little energy. I went for a walk downtown with my, then, toddler and she was to come down and meet us. I waited and waited. I tried calling her but she didn't pick up. So I eventually made my way back up the hill to our rental home. I found mom fast asleep in her bed. It was the beginning of what was to be many tests and visits to the doctors and specialists before they finally diagonosed her with lyphoma. It was either Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin. She had both and I don't remember which one she had first, and fought! Another memory, was when I went to visit her in NL and she had just had a visit from the doctor (she was in hospital at the time). She had lost the use of her legs and the doctor had just delivered the news that she would never walk again. She had a tumour at the base of her spin. I was devastated. My mother, on the other hand, looked at me and said "Imagine telling someone that they will never walk again!" She was on her feet again a mere six months later. That, my friends, is the attitude that we all need to adopt.
As I said, my mother battled that cancer and won, hands down. It was only a short time later that she developed and was diagnosed with the other lymphoma. This one took its toll on my mum. She was tired of fighting. She, again, put on a brave face and did a lot of fighting, but the fucking thing got her in the end. She was an amazing woman and I am blessed to have had her as my mum.
My dad stood by my mum through all of the above. They were a bit like Ozzie and Harriet - well, that is what we called them. They were each other's best friends but also each other's nemisis. :) Dad was super throughout it all. That, though, took its toll on dad. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point along the way of mom's second battle. He pretty much pushed his health aside and/or chose to ignore it. By the time mum passed away, dad was so sick that he followed her only eleven months later. Dad was an amazing individual. The best thing about him was his ability to develop a rapport with anyone. Didn't matter what walk of life you came, my dad would be your friend. He was the Cliff Clavin of the plant world.
My mum lost all of her strength as she neared the end of her life, but was sharp as a tack mentally right up until the end. My dad had a stroke and that affected his metal state, he lost his speach for example, but remained strong as an ox until the end.
I love and miss you both mom and dad. This is for you. <3
The rubber is hitting the road on September 28th
Well, I finally decided to get off my ass and help in the fight against cancer. I am ambitious and, frankly, a bit scared shitless to attempt the 100km, but, my parents faced a lot in their fight, and, as I am, currently, healthy and physcially able, I'm gonna do it. #wishmeluck #facethefight
I'm fundraising for Ride for Cancer
Did you know one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? It’s me or it’s you. On Saturday, September 28, I’m riding alongside a community with one common goal: to stop cancer in its tracks.
Together, we will transform care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre by purchasing a critical state-of-art cervical cancer diagnostic unit the most effective and minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat precancerous cell changes before they even develop into cancer.
We will help bring Atlantic Canada’s first surgical robotic system - giving prostate cancer patients shorter hospitals stay, less pain, and quicker recovery times. Most importantly decreasing the risk of it advancing or reoccurring.
This year, our Ride community will also fund ground-breaking research to discover new treatments and cures for blood cancer as well as individualized support programs for cancer patients and their families through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
We’ve all been touched by cancer. Your donation today will make an impact on Atlantic Canadians facing a cancer diagnosis.
Thank you for being a part of our fight!
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In Loving Memory Of Jan S. Roukema