Round Lake Beach, IL
Survivor/ Fallopian Tube Cancer
Twist on Cancer: I am a cancer warrior armed with faith, hope, and love!
My obgyn informed me on 2-27-21 that my CA-125 blood test was elevated. I didn’t know what my journey was going to look like the rest of the year!
Due to COVID protocol, I could only have my son with me for my surgery day and the first chemo treatment.
I listened to Carole King and James Taylor during my chemo, and nurses and my surgeon sang along! Friends even gave me a surprise chemo shower for useful items to have with me! So grateful!
I consider myself spiritual, optimistic, and strong; I had turned to art classes and gardening after being widowed in 2018. I continued with these during the pandemic and continued allowing gardening and art strengthen me and encourage me during my chemo. You must become passionate and pursue what brings you joy fearlessly!
Losing my hair was most traumatic for me but yet, my purple wig became part of my ministry to tell other women about the CA-125 test.
Yes, our lives are like a tapestry, “a wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold.”
I was so honored that my artist match, Ryan Miller, asked me to collaborate on a painting for WNDR with me!! I chose to paint 3 sunflowers; they are strong, optimistic, and joyful. They “look to the bright side.” They are one of my favorite flowers I grow as well as paint!