|I may have seen The Life of Brian too many times during my college years. |
I blame it on no cable and no reception - what other choice did we have,
but to watch the only movie in our possession until we knew it by heart??
Which is why I am going to ask a favor and assume that you will help me out.
Over the past year, Gilda's Club of Nashville has been a huge part of my life as a cancer survivor. If you don't know Gilda Radner, she was a Saturday Night Live comedienne who was struck down in the prime of her life with ovarian cancer - the silent killer. Before she died, she started the first Gilda's Club in New York or LA (sorry, my memory on this detail seems to be failing me right now) so that people dealing with cancer - either as a patient or as a family member or friend - could come together and create a supportive network and pool their experiences.
|"Elephant Walk," made in the ticker tape style. I love this little mini quilt.|
My activities at Gilda's also include a guided imagery class. Before I started attending, I had already downloaded some meditations from Amazon and iTunes, but they couldn't prepare me for the meditative experience when a real live instructor is in the room. I am continually amazed at how relaxed I am each week at the end of this class. In my heart of hearts, I know that guided imagery enhanced my ability to remain calm in the face of a life-threatening illness, and that it also helped my body to respond positively to the chemo and Herceptin. If you ever get a chance to attend a guided imagery class, I encourage you to do so. Being centered isn't just a phrase for me anymore, and I wish I could explain how spectacular the experience can be, but it's something you have to find out for yourself.
|"NavStar." This mini was definitely a learning experience in so many ways.|
|Charley Harper rocks, and I had a blast making this for my oncologist.|
Gilda's Club of Nashville has several fund raisers all year long, but their biggest is the Country Music Half Marathon. St. Jude's organizes it (the fee paid to participate is St. Jude's fundraiser), and Gilda's Club asks for volunteers to walk or run the half-marathon. This time last year I wasn't able to join in, but I decided then that if I was able, I would walk the half-marathon this year. Just last January, I was trying to last for 20 laps around the U-shaped parking lot of the condos behind ours. This year I plan to walk 13.1 miles and raise $750 in the process. Has it really only been a year??
I am asking for your help. Will you sponsor me? You can see my profile at FirstGiving, so please donate - and while there, be sure to admire my pink hair. :) It's gone now, but I miss it and may go pink again in future. I haven't decided, but I may do t-shirts or perhaps something quilty? for my donors. I am not shy asking you to donate, so please don't be shy about telling me your preferences.
|"Beauty and the Beholder." |
This piece is all about me, and I want to do another like it.
Anyone who lives in the Nashville area, come on out and support us if you have the chance. From what I have read, there is live music all along the marathon route, so it should be a lot of fun for everyone. Or, if you are so inclined, join us as a member of Gilda's Gang - you don't have to be a member to be a fundraiser. And if you can't support in either of those ways, maybe you could just do me the favor and share this post with others. Any way you can help me, I appreciate it.
If you are unable to donate (and believe me, I understand - if I'm lucky, I'll be able to go back to work full time in another year or so), I still thank you from the bottom of my heart. The support I have had from the online community has been phenomenal and I can't thank everyone enough - the cards, packages, and well-wishes/prayers have lifted me up throughout this past year. All that support, as a matter of fact, is the reason that I'm pushing myself to do this.