An Emotional Roller Coaster

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Gabi Curry writes, Three years ago I wrote a story about my mom’s breast cancer and since then things have almost completely returned to normal…

Three years ago I wrote a story about my mom’s breast cancer and since then things have almost completely returned to normal, but the thing is, it will never be the same. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer she had our family and friends for support. Many things happened during the time she had cancer. Whether they were good or bad, painful or sweet, or just plain awful she always had someone there for her. I have to wonder if she didn’t have support what would it have been like for her? Although the cancer would be gone would she still feel bad? Would she be hurt? Would she still be here today? I love my mom so I know that she will never be alone, but what if someone around you, maybe even a complete stranger, was all alone and hurting because of cancer? Or maybe there is a person with family or friends who do not have support that will make them feel good? Recently two hot pink fire trucks, trailing large pink ribbons, with fire fighters dressed in pink visited Colorado to offer support to women facing cancer. I was fortunate to meet up with them at the North Washington Fire Station #1.Dave Graybill, founder of “Pink Heals” dreamt up the idea of driving pink fire trucks across the country to bring “hope and love for those affected by cancer – letting them know we care.” He has spent his own money and time to honor women. He challenged us to think what the world would be like if all women got the respect and honor they deserved. ‘Guardians of the Ribbon,’ as the tour is called, inspires local fire departments to raise money for cancer patients in their areas. “I enjoy meeting all the people who have been affected by cancer because they are the ones who appreciate everyday life.” Unbelievably Dave has not had any personal experiences with cancer.While I was there, I had the pleasure of meeting Rhonda Drake, a woman who is at the tail-end of her treatment for breast cancer. Like my mom, she had a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, and was beginning radiation. Although there were many survivors there, I was drawn to Rhonda. She had a childlike enthusiasm, but at the same time she was fully aware of what she was going through. She was very different; she had a quality unlike anybody else that was there. Every time she smiled, her blue eyes would sparkle like an ocean. She told me that when she signed the truck she was “in awe about everything that was happening and that she got a warm feeling.” Rhonda was one of the most touching people there. Another person I met was Keri Christiansen. Her sister Kim Christiansen is a 9News anchor. Keri is a breast cancer survivor who has inspired many people, with the help of her sister,in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. She feels that after her cancer she has appreciated the sunsets and everything a lot more. Keri also does not worry about the little things that once made her angry. “I only cried once, and that was when my doctor called me and told me that I had cancer, I never asked myself why me? Because the real question is why everybody else?”These pink fire trucks have changed many peoples lives whether they have been affected by cancer, have had someone in there family with cancer, or have been blessed with having a heart for someone who is sick when they are not. This fire truck has let people know that people are there for them, even if it is a complete stranger, they will always be there. For more information about the ‘Guardians of the Ribbon’ visit www.pinkheals.com.

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