"Join in. Relay. Fight back. Save a life. It might be yours."
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my very first thought was, “This isn't happening! Why me?” Almost immediately, I had another thought, “Why not me? What's so special about me?” As it turns out, when it comes to cancer, not a lot.
We all face tough times in our lives and being diagnosed with cancer is right up there. Your own body is betraying you; it is producing cells that could kill you. Treatment is hard enough physically, but emotionally it is devastating. You feel like you are alone on a runaway train that just won't stop, and at the same time you don't want it to stop. You grasp at anything for a hint that things are not as bad as they really are. There’s a whole team of people who are trying to keep you alive and you don't want to let them, or those dearest to you, down.
Along the way, I have learned a lot of things about people and more importantly, about myself. I have learned that I am actually mortal – shocking, I know! I have learned that cancer is a word not a sentence. I have learned it is okay to say no, but it is more fun to say yes. I no longer suffer fools gladly, but I find I am quite happy to make a fool of myself. I have learned that life is good.
Words cannot adequately express what a truly wonderful, life changing, heart wrenching, hope surging, laughter inducing, eye opening experience Relaying is to me. Being a part of such a joyous celebration of hurdles and milestones and love, and being a member of the Relay family, comforts and soothes my soul. I treasure the experiences that come from Relay and those friendships I have made.
I fought back the only way I knew how – by getting on with my life and trying to be the best person I can be. I don't know what the future holds, but I know I have a future, and that is all that matters. Join in. Relay. Fight back. Save a life. It might be yours.