Friday, March 16, 2012

One year ago today...

One year ago today, I received the life changing news, that I had breast cancer.  Its officially my Cancerversary.  As I look back through the journey, I am overcome with such a diversity of emotions its hard to know how to process and articulate where I was and where I am.   Mostly, I am just thankful to be here, and awed at the abundance that has accompanied the difficult times.  I have been blessed many times over.

So in one of those "perfect timing" moments... this arrived in my email box.  My book club girls, with the help of my husband and his video guru, Ben, told my story for a contest.  The Pay it Forward contest is sponsored by State Bank, here in town.  March 16th was the last day to submit videos.

April 2nd a panel of judges will pick 6 finalists from the submissions, and then those 6 videos will be open for voting by the public!  Five of those finalists will win 1,000 for their submission, while the winner will win 5,000 dollars.

To view the contest you have to go to Facebook and search the group Pay it Forward Fans' Choiceand hope our video makes the cut on April 2nd!  If it does, I'd be so honored to have you vote for us!  I'll let you know what happens April 2nd...

I came home last night in a fog of epic proportions.  We decided on two Xanax before the MRI and 1 more for good measure before the simulations began.  So I prayed for all of the requests that came my way, waiting for the meds to kick in. The meds did the trick.  I have very little recollection of most of it.  The mask was hot on my face and I squeezed my eyes really tight.  And I prayed. The tattoo on my chest is a dot... thats it, so tiny you have to squint to see it.  So I kept on praying and peace descended.

Over and over I prayed.  I brought a sticky note list of all the names given to me, and over and over I prayed.  And suddenly I was done and ready to go home.  

We arrived home to a meal waiting in a cooler on the front step!  And  a Superman t-shirt for Rick that had us all chuckling!  Thank you!

The beautiful neighbor that sent me a card nearly a year ago with the name of the herbalist I want to go and see, arrived with dessert pizza that was a huge hit with everyone!  Thank you! 

And then Rick sat down and showed me this video.  I've said before I have the best book club ever.  I can't make it through without being reduced to tears.  Every. Single. Time.  

Amy, Shauna, Heidi, Pam, Heidi, and Suzanne, (Nikki)... its a rare treat that we get everyone together. But to have you come together and honor me and my family in this way, touched me so very deeply.  Thank you... I'm overflowing with gratitude... and lots of tears! 

I went to bed at 5:30 last night.  I awoke at midnight, to Superman helping me out of my clothes and into pj's for bed.  I mumbled to him I was dreaming... I had this crazy dream the girls from book club made a video about me... he chuckled and told me to go back to sleep.  



  1. As they said, you are inspiring. I wish for only good things to happen to you.

  2. I was also moved to tears. My student teacher ( a boy) must think I am just a blubbery girl!
    You are such a beautiful person both inside and beautiful.

  3. Oh my, what a big exhausting day. I'm so glad it's over and you got through it...Zanax and all!!!

    The video sounds so nice. God sure has blessed you with lots of great friends.

  4. WOW Vicky...that video is so nice. What a wonderful thing for them to do. I hope and pray your video definitely will have my vote!!
    I'm so glad the meds worked yesterday, and things went smoothly.

    That's so nice you had a meal waiting when you got home. And how sweet of your neighbor to bring over dessert pizza. That sounds SO GOOD...YUMMM!

    I hope you have a nice weekend.

  5. You've handled it with such grace and dignity. Praying this next year brings good progress.

  6. You know, Vicki, I find it so hard to come over here cause I am reduced to tears on EVERY SINGLE POST. I have no idea how you, your Supermen and family DO THIS! My admiration for you could never be voiced competently. See, I am not even making sense. But I pray that God holds you in his arms, cures you, and gives you the beautiful life you deserve. XO, Pinky

  7. I am so happy you were able to relax so it made everything seem to go faster.
    The video is very touching. You are so lucky to have such good friends Vicky.

    I hope your video wins.

  8. Vicky, I am so hoping your video wins. You handle everything with such grace. You are loved very much and I don't have the right words to tell you how much I admire you. I am praying for you and hoping the next year will show wonderful results. hugs.

  9. If you prayed for me and bob yesterday as we prepared to be with his parents and immediate family, thanks so much. Prayer makes a difference, and that's why I remember you daily. I am SO thankful that we met, and that you are using these circumstances to reflect His Light in your world. Keep using the platform He's giving you!

    We have this treasure in jars of clay?..

  10. What a kind, thoughtful, and uplifting gift. May your story inspire others to do good for each other.

  11. Thinking of you and prayers being said often.


  12. Well, I should have waited to put my make-up on this morning before watching this. What a beautiful thing for your friends to have done. You are very loved.

  13. Hi sweet Vicky - thinking about you today!

    Love and light to you!


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