I am surrounded by positive and proactive people. The first thing that most of you ask is, “What can I do to help?” This questions exhausted me at first, but with the help of a couple of friends, I have come up with a reply.
- First and foremost, you can make sure you are current on your mammogram and do self exams. They work, trust me, I know. Even men can get breast cancer, so they need to check themselves as well. Your health is important to me, and statistically, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 1000 men will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
- You can send me funny or encouraging (not everyone can be a comedian) emails and notes in the mail. I will find a basket to collect all of these so I can read them as I go along. Years ago, I created a “Feel Good” file where I store the many nice notes that people have sent me. On days where I wonder if I’m really making a difference in the world, I pull it out and remind myself that I have touched others.
- If you live close enough, you can visit or meet me for lunch.
- You can hug me like you mean it. I don’t hurt or feel bad at this time. I feel remarkably good in fact.
- You can ask Gene and the kids how they are doing.
- You can pray, send positive thoughts, stay positive and support me as I do this my way.
- And finally, if you are so inclined, you can wear something pink for me as a show of support on the 29th . . . nail polish, socks, underwear, shirt, tie, jewelry (oh yes!), or a stinkin big pink bow in your hair. Send me your photos and I will post a collage on my website. (Don’t send me photos of your underwear. It would simply be too much to bare – get it?)