Thursday, January 16, 2014
Pink Scarf Reality
Many of you who follow my blog know I'm involved in the "Pink Scarf Project". We collected hundreds of pink scarves to hand out to cancer patients going through chemo and radiation. We had the privilege of doing this in our hospital in October of last year. October is breast cancer awareness month. The newspaper ran an article about it and featured the first patient who received one. She was very gracious in granting an interview and really enjoyed the scarf and was so thankful to the people who took the time to make them. Yesterday I found out that she passed away. That's the reality of dealing with cancer. Not every story has a happy ending. I know our scarves won't eradicate the disease. They don't bring miracles. I wish they could. But my wish is those scarves will bring a moment of hope. A moment that says somebody cares and knows that you are in the fight of your life and we're in your corner. A moment that might bring a smile. There are many times that we do beat the monster called cancer. Many times there is a happy ending. I'm wishing that for my good buddy Donna. So far so good for her! One day in our hospital lobby I happened to see an older gentleman walking out holding one of our scarves. It looked like he was holding it for his wife. It made me smile to see it and I hope it brought them some happiness. I thought I knew about cancer...I've seen it in my work life. I know what it looks like on the liver...on the breast...on the colon. I've felt the tumors, I've help implant the ports that deliver the chemo. However, until I saw the reality of it on the faces of people I love, I realized I didn't know "squat" about it. I didn't know what going through chemo was like..or how radiation makes you feel. How expensive the drugs are to treat it and keep it at bay. How the other members of the family have to deal with watching somebody they love go through it. I've learned a lot about it these past few years. That's what made me decide to help with the project. We still have lots of scarves that will be sent to other places for patients. I won't know the final outcome of all who receive one. I'll just hope and pray someday we won't need to hand them out...and the reality of the Pink Scarf is a cure.