My cancer story is unusual. After rounds of surgeries, roller coaster emotions and estrogen inhibitor treatments, I got fed up with having to think about cancer, so I decided to "skip" it!
I would much rather think about children getting fed and homeless people having shelter than this ridiculous disease! Children have always been my passion. I started working with kids when I was sixteen and have grown more in love with them as the years have gone on.
One thing that I had always wanted to do was have a child of my own. Clearly, after a hysterectomy and surgery, I have come to terms with the reality of cancer. I used to think that ones legacy was only evident in the bloodline of their own children. Not having that opportunity forced me to think about what kind of legacy I would leave. How could I make a difference in this life before being called Home? Fortunately, God has given me the opportunity to share my life with other people’s children through my work at a preschool and service at church with the Jr. High group, not to mention my amazing nieces and their awesome cousins, and the kids of a dear friend…being an aunt is my favorite title!
A few weeks ago, just about 3 ½ months after my last surgery and clean bill of health, some routine scans showed that I had 11 tumors in my pelvis, abdomen, and lungs. It was an overwhelming diagnosis as the estrogen inhibitor should have been all I needed to keep the cancer away. That was the second time I got fed up and decided to “skip” cancer.
Even though I have little control in my journey with cancer, I know that sending some money to help someone who needs and deserves... it changes the world.l
Then, a wonderful thing happened- my sister-in-law, Shanda, and some other friends started inviting others on Facebook to skip with me as I fight this disease.
There has been some great money raised in the name of this ridiculous disease already! I ended up making a pledge to skip $5 every time my tumors shrink enough for me to lose an inch around my abdomen and invited my friends to join me. I figured we can all easily afford $5 and that it would add up nicely when all of this is over. (I’ve lost 2 inches in 2 weeks!) I was blown away to see dear friends skipping much more than that!
I love Skip1 and everything it stands for, and I’m excited for the opportunity to help friends know how easy it is to truly help someone else.
Many of my friends have asked me “Why you?” My answer is “Why not me?” I wouldn’t want them to have it. I believe God uses our circumstances for His glory and for our good. I am determined to not waste this opportunity. I don’t know how much time I have, but I want to leave a legacy of love and one that inspires people to “do” for others.
Most of all, I want people to see Jesus in me. I have an awesome promise of Heaven awaiting and I want to be sure my life helps others see that they can have the same promise.