In this new chapter of survivorship, I have discovered that my reality, my world, my life, is in fact greater than the fantasies, hopes and dreams that I imagined and desperately held on to during my dance with Cancer.
As the days pass- and my heart, mind and body grow stronger, I am continuously reminded that my real life is better than my imagination. The here and now is sweeter and richer than the life that once was.
On Thursday August 11th, 2011- 31 days day after my last round of chemotherapy, 230 of my friends, family, and supporters came to Twist Out Cancer.
As we twisted, bended, moved- because we can, because we should, because we must- we created and witnessed magic together.
Enveloped by a cocoon of love, kindness, generosity, and support, I twisted my way into a heightened reality.
I am still floating.
Throughout the night I tried to figure out ways to bottle up outpouring of emotion that was noticeably palatable. As I tried to desperately hold on to these moments, for fear that they would leave, I came to the realization that these moments in time, these memories I cherish- will continue to live and breathe within me for the days to come as long as I need them, want them, and value them. These beautiful, magical, miraculous moments will continue to help me fight, help me heal, and help me rebuild.
For those of you that were able to be apart of this magical evening- thank you from the bottom of my heart. To those of you that were twisting in spirit- we felt you. To those of you that were unable to attend because you were tied up, strapped down, locked up- we twisted for you.
Over the next few days, I will try to show you what lives inside my bottle of moments, my mind, my heart. This entry will be evolutionary as the footage continues to pour in, and I manage to get better at capturing these moments.
As I try to show you what was created, I think you will agree that magic does exist, and is real.
On this night you joined me. You didn’t leave me hanging on the dance floor. You all showed me how my reality is bigger, brighter and better than my dreams.
Thank you for your guidance.
Thank you for being apart of it.
I will savor these moments in time for the rest of my life.
The Legendary Sam Barsh Performs “We’re Beatin Cancer”
Deanna and Sam Twist it Out!
Jonny Imerman, An Angel in the Flesh Twists it Out
Kate Garmey and her plus one are all up and twisted.
To those that are surviving, fighting, and those that are no longer with us.
Why I Twist- Thank you for moving, bending, twisting- because you can, because you should, because you must.
To See More Magical Moments Check Out These Online Albums
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150404943608032.445098.354571263031&type=1 – Thank you Ben Swislow
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2336487493078.2141054.1276563130&type=1 -Thank you John Broughton
http://www.zamiar.com/jennatwist/- Thank you Tom Zamiar
Thank You Corporate Sponsors
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Thank you to our Organizational and Media Partners
Imermans Angels www.imermanangels.org
Cheeky Chicago www.cheekychicago.com
Julia Alison www.juliaallison.com
Special Shout Outs
To my mom, dad, and sister Neely: thank you for holding me during the darkest of days, and giving me hope that tomorrow would be better than today.
To Sam Barsh, Jesse Palter, Deanna Neil, Jeff Parker, Andrew Vitale, Lauren, Trip Small, Austin Hartley Leonard, Anthony Ponce, and Jonny Imerman for your friendship, dedication and commitment to Twisting Out Cancer. You are all stars now and forever. Thank you for your friendship and love.
To Deborah Felix and Jacob Klippstein for documenting what twisting out Cancer looks, feels and sounds like.
To Hilda Karadsheh for your beautiful animation and love.
To Kate Garmey for your conceptual help and guidance. .
To my Lymphoma Soul Sisters Noreen Karadsheh and Karla Dunston, may we follow in each others footsteps now and forever, side by side, hand in hand.
I love you now and always.