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We are truly blessed to live in such an amazing community and to have so much support from friends near and far, old and new, as we travel on this crazy cancer journey. Prior to being diagnosed I never really understood how many people are impacted by cancer not only the people dealing with the disease but also their families, friends and communities. I have found that this journey has not only changed my life but it has also changed the lives of those around me which is quite amazing.  I’m wondering why it takes a life threatening disease to wake us up, slow us down, make us prioritize, let go of the shit and enjoy each day for what it brings.

Round 8 is coming up on Thursday and it will be another short one which is so nice but also makes me a little nervous because of course I want to hit this with all I got but I have to trust that the healing work I am doing is kicking cancers ass while my body recovers from the nasty chemicals.  This week on the agenda for the doctor is dealing with the dry hands and feet one of the main side effects of the drug Xeloda. Things have been getting progressively worse and today it hurts just to close my hands. It’s almost like I have paper cuts all over. It is so weird.   I just read this quote that says “Your feet are hurting because you are kicking so much ass.”  Made me smile.  This may mean I need to switch from Xeloda to another chemo drug which would increase chemo to every two weeks and cause me to have to have a chemo pump for two days.  Bottom line is you do whatcha gotta do.  Thank you all for the recommendations and lotions I’ve been slathering them all on day and night.

I want to remind you all that my very good friend Jamie Gonzalez is currently doing a fundraiser where she is donating all her commissions to my alternative therapies. She is a Stella & Dot stylist as well as a fabulous lawyer.  The last day to purchase something is tomorrow and don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday.  You can access the fundraiser on this site or go to:  www.stelladot.com/ts/k6lp5.  If you access from the site when you get to the Stella and Dot page click on find your hostess and put my name in then you will be taken to the right page.

Last week we received some really fabulous news.  We were chosen to be the recipients of the Friendship Paddle.  This is an amazing group of guys who came together in 2003 to support a friend, Doug McFadden who had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  What started out as a group of guys supporting and loving their friend during his ultimate battle, turned into so much more for each one of them and so began the Friendship Paddle.  I know there are so many in our community battling this ugly disease and we are so honored to be this years recipients not only for the financial assistance it will provide but also for the additional emotional support it will bring to our family.  The good news doesn’t stop there. In addition to the Friendship Paddle a group of my fabulous friends will be organizing a Trek for Tara which I think will be done on the same day with everyone ending together on the beach.  Just sitting here thinking about all of you gathered at the beach to support my family and beating cancer has tears streaming down my cheeks.  To know that so many of  you are in and on this journey with me gives me even more strength to do what it takes to come out on top.   We don’t know dates yet of the event but it will most likely be held at the end of September beginning of October so start your training now.  To learn more about the Friendship Paddle you can go to:  www.friendshippaddle.org.

I’d like to leave you with this poem that I recently read:

“What Cancer Cannot Do”

Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.

Author Unknown

 

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