It’s been less than a month since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I still cannot wrap my brain around it. Every time I look in the mirror I see my hair, my eye brows, my eye lashes and my breasts and I know that soon my breasts will be gone after I have my double mastectomy with partial reconstruction, then after that, I will lose my hair – and possibly eye brows and eye lashes – once I start chemo.
I try to look on the bright side, but it’s hard to find. I put on a smile, I joke, I tell everyone that it’s fine … but it’s not fine. I have breast cancer. I am still waiting to talk to meet with the surgeons and figure out when I can have the surgery to get this cancer out of my body. I am super stressed.
But today I came out and I had a large envelope in the mail from Olathe, Kansas. I had no idea who it was from or what it was.
It turns out that my cousin, Briana, who is also a breast cancer survivor, shared my story with her friend who is a kindergarten teacher. Her class made me cards and drawings and sent along a few goodies! Wow! That was so thoughtful and kind and it truly made my day! I don’t know this teacher or these students, but they took time out of their day to send me cards and gifts.
I am stressed beyond belief … but these cards totally made my day.
I think it’s a great idea – if you’re a teacher or childcare provider, or even a parent, and looking for activities for the kids, you can call your local hospital or oncologist office and find out if there are any cancer patients there that the kids can make cards for. I promise that these cards put the biggest smile I’ve had on my face that I’ve had in over a month.
All I can say is … What an awesome gift!