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September 2013



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Saturday Night...

Molly at the Benefit

...we went to a benefit dinner for the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer awareness; it was co-sponsored by the American Italian Pasta Company based in my town, and their chef provided a wonderful dinner.  It's taken me a few days to work up to writing about it in any depth; it was a difficult, inspiring, amazing night and I don't believe I could do it justice, at all.  Lisa Plunkett, sister-in-law of a wonderful woman who lost her battle, was one of the organizers, and she and all the volunteers and donating companies worked hard to pull off an amazing event. 

This disease has touched many of us, in a variety of ways--as they say, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends.  Even men get breast cancer...not to mention all the other types that seem to plague us.

I've lost too many good friends to cancer, and am very proud of the two beautiful young women in my family who are survivors in every sense of the word.  They have courage, determination, hope, grit, and they're an inspiration to all those around them.  My niece Jenny ran in a 3 day race recently to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research--pretty amazing!  Molly ran in the one here in KC last year...

So although I've supported the foundation for years, this was the first chance I'd had to go to an event myself.  Molly was singing, and was going to get up in front of all those people to tell her story--as I said, she is a very courageous woman.  We wanted to be there.

The event was held in a private museum, which was a bit difficult to find.  I'm glad we left in plenty of time--it turned out we were early  enough that I got to draw quite a few of the wonderful vintage cars, always a love of mine.  kateslover was like a kid in a candy shop, dashing from vehicle to vehicle...we ooohed and aaaahed and loved getting to see the classics.

Armacost Car Museum

The dinner itself was a feast--pasta fixed in a dozen different ways, salads, shrimp, sausage, and glorious desserts...

Molly sang "Smile," the Charlie Chaplin song that embodies the kind of courage she displays every day.  I don't imagine there was a dry eye in the house.  I know ours weren't.

But the best part of the evening was the after-dinner speakers; astounding courage and inspiration.  There are no words...except these: Please take care of yourselves.  Do what needs to be done.  Encourage your family and lovers and friends.  And hang in there.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your evening at the fundraisers. It is sobering, and quite terrifying, when you get the call that your mammo has not turned out normal. It's been two years since I had a partial lumpectomy. Caught in time--pre-cancer only.

But no more HRT for me--hello hotflash city--and six month checkups for the rest of my life.
I know it must be terrifying. I've had a tumor that turned out to be benign after major surgery, and I can't describe the relief when I cam out of anaesthesia.

And I know those 6 month checkups can be lifesavers!

Do you expect the hot flashes to go on a long time, or will they pass eventually as they do for menopause? I opted not to have HRT, for that, and do well now.