BLOG ENTRY Day 19. | 06/21/18 | 6:15 p.m. (CDT)
'The Fix Is In.' The nineteenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry's Ride 2018 can be summed up with a twist on an old worn-out phrase that appropriately describes today's ride ... 'if it IS broke, FIX it.' Worn-out fills the bill for today as Al and Steve battled not the weather but their bikes.
Steve was feeling a bit deflated late in the day when his back tire got tired and decided to take a little spare time for a pancake. Translation: Steve got a flat. ;-} Al wasn't immune to the technical difficulties experienced throughout the day, forced to make a pitstop at a local bike shop to get his derailleur debugged or in gear or both. Thankfully, Al found help at Al's Bicycles of course. What are the odds right? HUGE thanks to Jeff for the quick fix and tune-up. Fun Fact: Al's Bicycles can be found in Edmond, Oklahoma, the very town Al and Terry lived many years ago. It's so wonderful to come home and experience the kindness of your former community. Like you never left.
Even with the bike breakdowns, Al and Steve rode 78-miles, ending their ride today in Wellston, Oklahoma. Tonight Al and Terry will no doubt reminisce about their time in Edmond, stop by the old neighborhood and grab a bite to eat at one of their former fav restaurants in town. So great to share these fond remembrances with good friends.
If you haven’t already done so, please MAKE A DONATION to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) on the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry's Ride fundraising page. Thank you. https://give.bcrf.org/fundraiser/1077635
Hair loss can be a distressing and traumatic for women fighting cancer. It’s that moment when your loved one or friend needs an empathetic shoulder to lean on through hard times. ⠀
You may wonder what do I say? Well, let me give you some TIPS on: What Not To Say To Someone Experiencing Hair Loss due Chemotherapy:⠀
1- "I wish I could wear headscarves/wigs too!"⠀
2- “I'm jealous: it must take you no time at all to get ready in the morning!"⠀
3- “Ugh, I'm having such a bad hair day"⠀
4- “It'll come back though, right?"⠀
5- “My friend tried X, and it worked for her!"⠀
6- “It's only hair."⠀
INSTEAD here are 6 ways you can support your loved one as she battles her hair loss. ⠀
✔️Laugh at her hair loss jokes⠀
✔️Ask her whether she prefers to wear a wig or a headscarf ⠀
✔️ Send her a Pinterest board of ways to style a headscarf, wear a wig, etc...⠀
✔️Go with her for a wig or scarf fitting ⠀
✔️Gift her a scarf ⠀
✔️ Tell her she looks BEAUTIFUL, because she does!⠀
Lastly, as a breast cancer survivor my personal advice is that your loved one doesn’t need you to tell her that it’s going to be O.K. ⠀
Rather, she needs you to sit and listen to her as she attempts to make sense of the experience. An empathetic ear is one of the most crucial tools in hair loss support.💕⠀
DREAMTIME FLOWERS BLUE by Australian Indigenous Artist LATISHA DOOLAN
Six fabric pendants handmade by me using Latisha's stunning material.
All available for individual or wholesale purchase. All come on a 75cm stainless steel ball chain. $1 from each handmade Australian Indigenous fabric pendants will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help support education in remote communities.
It's kind of strange how cancer took my breasts but gave me confidence... 🤔 Wearing my new @anaonointimates suit, made especially for women like me. Thank you, @daynadono for all you do.
Getting my progressive squats done @form_first_functional_fitness for heavy weights day! 12/8/4/4/8/12. After a breast cancer diagnosis, six subsequent surgeries and then fracturing my foot, I’m finally back and slowly getting my muscles back! My back issues have been relentless due to the bulging disc but I’m finally getting better with my form! 💪🏼💪🏼🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️ Can’t thank @doschsnow enough!! If you haven’t checked out #formfirstfunctionalfitness , get over there today! #lifeinthedayofarunner#breastcancersurvivor#livingactivelywithra
Itz A Wrap Boutique will launch its Convalesce Collection.
Our Convalesce collection is specifically for patients who are under going treatment and convalescing in health recovery. Our turban wraps are specially designed for those undergoing cancer treatment or simply for those suffering from hair loss do to due medical diagnosis. Our turban wraps help aid in recovery of health by lifting the spirits of those surviving cancer. Your diagnosis does not define you! Feel good and look your best while and during transition to restoration of your health!
That's how I was running to the room this afternoon because I thought I left the tap on, I don't wear a bra at home because of compression, I just remembered I was running and holding on to my 1 breast, the image just flashed 😂 😂 I know I shouldn't have told you 😂 😂 #unbothered .
Back to my gist 😂 😂 I am a breast cancer survivor living a practical life and writing based on my personal experience, not gist or from reading a book.
What do you see?
Do you have breast cancer, going through treatment or a survivor 😘.
How have you decided to face the situation?
Wherever you find yourself today, Be thankful, studies have shown that being thankful improves our physical and emotional health.
It boosts our immune system and increases blood supply to our heart.
When you are grateful, depression has no space to occupy 🙌.
Gratitude does not come naturally, but only you can decide how you want to look at the situation.
Gratitude is a direct command from GOD. .
So what are you waiting for 💭 BE THANKFUL and your mind, body and soul will thank you 😊.
It’s Throwback Thursday! This is me 11 years ago on my honeymoon in Killarney, Ireland. I love this picture because the Gap of Dunloe was by far one of the best mountain pass drives we’ve ever driven. A little hair-raising in places, the views were just incredible. We fully intend to go back someday but for now, it’s a great reminder of how much I love being outdoors and exploring new places. What’s one place you’ve been you’d love to return to?
We would like express our sincerest gratitude to Luis Rodriguez and the team of Pink Ribbons & Blessings for their years of continued care, compassion and service to our patients and our community. Pink Ribbons and Blessings was a retail store within our Breastlink Orange office, designed specifically for breast cancer patients and survivors. Although as of this week the shop has now closed, the impact you have made on so many women, survivors, and families will live on.
Pink Ribbons & Blessings was founded by Roxanne Rodriguez, who passed away in 2015 after a long battle with breast cancer. Initially diagnosed in 2010, Roxanne never lost hope during her five-year journey through three breast cancer diagnoses. During this time, she showed strength and commitment to breast cancer awareness as a volunteer at Breastlink and Hoag Breast Center. Although her journey has ended, Roxanne’s memory lived on at Pink Ribbons & Blessings and in the hearts of so many she touched.
Thank you again for your continued dedication, care and compassion. @pinkribbonsandblessings
For women in need of similar services and products we will be referring to:
Denise Cuthbertson, CFM
1010 W. La Veta Ave., Ste 105
Orange, CA 92868
392 S Tustin
Orange, CA 92866
Him: What do you do?
Me: Drive fancy folks and families around town for donations for my breast cancer organization, Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes. We accompany, transport and visit young women in the hospital in addition to the other cool things we do.
Him: Gives me $20 tip then asks if I was #SSPW driver.
Me: Yes, I’m the driver, but I’m also the President.
Him: Smiles and said it says a lot about a President willing to work in every position. He called me passionate. Then he gave us another $20 tip/donation.
My life after breast cancer. ~ Madame President
Port removed today! 😄🙌🎉 Final step and I feel like I'm really finished. I'm so grateful I never had any issues with it like some have had. The dr. asked me if I wanted to see it and say goodbye and I said yes....goodbye little guy. Thank you for saving my arm and my veins! Moving forward to get my body strong again. To those who are still fighting, keep the faith, hope, and belief. And don't stop fighting!
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." Eleanor Roosevelt
I haven’t posted about my boobs in awhile.. why? Cuz I hate them. I was diagnosed 4 years ago, been 3 years since I lost my girls, 4 surgeries later. I miss them. I miss me. I miss normal. The aftermath sucks. The “journey” is ugly and flawed. The pain is real, disguised by smiles. But I’m here to bitch about it. And my mission is to get you all off the sofa and make a mammogram appointment.. now.
365+ Grateful Project entry 620:
<*warning* mental illness humor>
When I was younger, I was very, very serious. If I wasn't so serious, I'd never have taken people who were attempting suicide seriously and be able to help them. So, everything was always life-or-death serious to me and I made many dramatic decisions in my life because of that reflex (like joining the US army in my first year as an immigrant......) At this stage in my life, though, I have been assimilated by my Aspies. My wit has sharpened enough to where I can hold my own against their onslaught. Seriously, if not for our sense of humor, our journey through cancer and mental illness would have been harder to handle. At the very least, it would have been droll.
Often, the kids revel in dark humor because, hey, that's how they roll. That's how they deal with the harshness of the world. I guess it beats the angsty teen stuff I used to do, which was *not* lighthearted. So, I've started to go along with it.
Beta Kid is obsessed with getting a little bird of her own (thanks to YouTuber Jaiden Animation's Ari). Rob says she can have one if she ever gets to clean up her room (monumental feat). I'm thinking it's a bad idea, we have a cat.
But, anyway, so we humored her as she talked about what color and name her bird would have... BK: It's going to be a green bird and I'll call it Miles. If I get another one, I'll call it...
Me: No - call it Miles. So then you'll have Miles and Miles.
Alpha Kid joins us.
BK: Save me!
She relates all my sins to AK, including:
BK: Mom wants me to get a green bird, a blue bird* and a yellow bird. And name them Mental Health, Depression...and Suicide Squawk.
Yes, I'm mad and I own it. High five x 2 to my buddy, that mad poet Hafez 🙌🏽 * if you were schmaltzy like Rob, you can call it Happiness
HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE, FEMMES 🌸🦋🌿 We are officially back from our break and ready to turn up the heat with y’all in these summer months. Our 17th episode features this interview with badass femme, sex educator, and writer @ihartericka 💕 Click the link in our bio for a full listen of this incredible episode! Ericka drops some femme history knowledge, fills us in on her self care practices, and tells us what sign they are! ✨ We hope you enjoy — listen NOW on SoundCloud, iTunes and google play! Listen, share, and subscribe!
I call these my “sitting shoes”... 👠 yeah.. I used to be obsessed with shoes and buying them to admire them.. 🤪 I still love shoes ofcourse but I prefer to invest in nice memories instead! My idea: they can be YOURS! Let’s continue building nice memories with these pretty #boutique9shoes ,I bought in #shanghai in the #frenchconcessionshanghai and wore them to my favourite restaurant #mrandmrsbund , danced on them in #Singapore & #bali and had a memorable photoshoot for #lmagazine in Maastricht to raise money for mbc research with these heels!✨✨ I am happy to send them as a #sparkleupyourmind#gift to you or whoever you believe could need some sparkles from me today (and wears size 36/36,5) with a virtual hug from me, your Sparkle insta friend in Maastricht! 🤩 Tag that lucky lady below or send me a PM and keep an eye on the lucky draw this sunday!👠 ✨✨✨✨