A big thank you to all who participated in our first fundraising event for Stand Up to Cancer, Team Joyful Hope. All of the donations, hard work, and friendships formed through this process are so meaningful and endlessly appreciated. It is so rewarding to know we are making progress toward funding dream teams of scientists and maybe someday our little ones will not have to battle cancer. Read more
On 9/8/13 Nancy Corliss (my mother-in-law), will be teaming up with Acadian Nature Cruises in Bar Harbor, Maine for a Team Joyful Hope fundraising event. I am very excited to announce she has worked like crazy and has a lot of reservations. A special thank you to Acadian Nature Cruises for donating their boat for the evening! What a wonderful gesture. 100% of the proceeds will go to Stand Up To Cancer- Team Joyful Hope. Thank you to everyone for your donations toward my charity of choice and a wonderful evening on Frenchman Bay. If you live afar and cannot attend you can still donate by going to: http://do.eifoundation.org/goto/mommybeatscancer Read more
Hi all. Back to my weekly Starbucks routine of writing after a long hiatus while traveling. I suppose my travels are a way of still trying to make up for lost one-on-one mommy-time with my dear Gracie at the beginning of her life. As I start to write I find myself once again with coffee in hand and tears in my eyes. It must be the coffee :). I’m fine when I write anywhere else.
The song playing as I begin to write is “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer. I don’t want to wait on the world to change. I want to change it. There is a whole world of fighters and survivors out there I had NO IDEA about until I got sick. To me it is such a shame that our society doesn’t know how amazing, inspiring, and strong this network of people is. I want to change this.
I often write or talk about the things we are doing for others and the money we are trying to raise. It isn’t for recognition. I could care less if anyone gave an ounce of recognition. Talking about it is an effort to raise awareness, and money for research :), as well as to inspire others to get out and make a difference large or small. We are small, small potatoes in the world of giving back now but we are doing it in a big way. I only hope that someday we become big potatoes giving back in a big way. This world is a learning process. Raising money isn’t easy. Friends will comment and like a post on Facebook in massive quantity regarding a picture of Gracie or our dog Frankie but if I post something about team Joyful Hope there are absolute crickets. We will learn the fundraising process and are very dedicated to doing so. In the meantime we will continue to cook for patients and counsel new moms with cancer or any woman with cancer that just wants to sit and chat over coffee or tea. If you want to chat, check out Coffee and Cancer.
The Corliss family, Ryan, Trish, and Gracie will not sit and wait for the world to change. We are going to do something about it. One day at a time.
When you are diagnosed with cancer, you spend a lot of time fighting for yourself. As a person that has always fought for others this was a difficult task for me. Day in and day out, I would sit at my treatments in a room secluded from the rest of the treatment center because I had a newborn and didn’t want to disturb anyone or jeopardize anything medically. I wanted to be out with everyone, talking to the elderly people that were alone. I wanted to give them companionship because I knew how much it helped having people with me during my treatments. I made a promise to myself that when I made it through this I would make a difference. I would do everything I could to help put an end to this awful disease.
We have been doing many things to give back since getting healthy, blogging to provide a place for other people struggling through this to relate, opening ourselves up for video chatting with people fighting the battle “Coffee and Cancer”, cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the patients at the chemo center to take home with them, baking, making soup, etc. Now we start the next leg of giving back and this leg is very near and dear to our hearts. While I was sick I learned about the StandUp2Cancer foundation. You may have heard of it. They take over all the major networks once a year to raise money. 100% goes to cancer research. We have started team “Joyful Hope” in an effort to raise 100K or more over the next two years. Please join us in making a difference and contribute to our campaign. No amount is too small or too large and your donation is tax deductible. Please spread the word to everyone you know. Your employer may even donate. Click here to join team JOYFUL HOPE today!
We will be doing several events to raise awareness and money. The first one is my very first MARATHON!! This marathon will be exactly a year and a day after my completion of chemotherapy, June 1st, 2013. I will be doing the Sunburst in South Bend, Indiana.
This journey of giving back and fighting this disease will be a part of the rest of our lives. After we hit this goal we will be adopting families struggling financially with the endless costs of cancer and raising money for them. We know from personal experience that cancer can devastate you financially and don’t want it to happen to others.
Let’s put an end to these situations!!!
NO MORE STRUGGLING SICK IN HOSPITAL BEDS!!
I am always available to talk if you are a woman facing Ovarian Dysgerminoma or a new mom facing cancer. It is always nice to talk to someone who has been through the process. I will be here to listen to your fears, your triumphs, your hurdles, your set backs, to share my experience if you would like or to give you information and other resources. Support groups are not for everybody. Sometimes it is nice to sit and have a cup of coffee with someone on video chat and just talk about things. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below and we can schedule a “Google Hangout”. If you don’t know how to work a Google Hangout I will be happy to assist you in getting started.
The American Cancer Society is a wonderful resource to find support groups in your area, talk to a cancer specialist, or talk to a peer about your cancer 24/7.
More Resources to come in the next few days. Stay tuned. :)
Day in and day out I sat at chemo and looked around at all the people that were alone. It made me so sad to see they were going through this process without friends or family by their side. I could not stand the though of it. I wanted to sit with them, talk to them, be their companion. I rarely did, and this bothered me throughout all of my treatments. When you have a newborn it is hard to sit in a common area. We often opted to have a private room so we could change, feed and allow Grace to sleep in a quiet place. We also didn’t want to disturb anyone. I have always been one to do, do, do for others and it was killing me to sit idly by. I made a promise to myself that when I got healthy enough, I would start cooking for the elderly patients at the chemo center. Today begins what will hopefully become a tradition. I spent the last two days cooking sixteen dinners for two. I had Gracie by my side giggling while I cooked and sang to her. I am so, so tired and I believe I honestly took on too much. Looking at what I accomplished, and knowing I will be making someone’s day a little brighter makes me smile, and gives me enough energy to deliver my dinners.