I have been wrecking my brain how to write todays’blog, so close to “mothersday” without upsetting so many mothers out there. Today of all days because the Fluff for a Cure event fundraiser celebration spin in starting at 12 noon here at the IxCHeL Fibre farm.
I have also been wrecking my brain on how to explain how much it means to donate and not make it seem like yet another “please donate” line you hear on TV or on the radio. The only thing I could come up with is my story combined with a lot of other very personal stories I have gotten to know in the two years after I have been diagnosed with Uterine Cancer. The Uterine cancer that turned my fairytale into a nightmare, that I only survived because of my soulmate Paul, my family, my friends and last but not least the medical staff that did the only thing they were trained to do: rip the bloody mess out to save me. The uterine cancer in younger women, that statistics tell us is quite rare. And as always statistics are wrong. It isn’t that rare as they say and it does happen to young women and pre menopausal women more than they make you believe. And when it happens when you are a women still trying to build a family it is a double blow: not only are you faced with having to cope with cancer and fighting it, but at the same time it is the final curtain for that fairytale that abruptly has come to an end: being able to have that family.
What is forgotten most of the time,is that once you are told you have cancer, your whole world as you know it turns upside down. Your ears hear the news and immediately after your brain shuts off the new impulses and goes its own way: a coping mechanism for sure. And however important it is to get that medical attention almost immediately focussing on the physical, for the person involved it is detrimental that help is offered on a personal, psychological and social level. This is what I have found to be totally and utterly lacking in the hospital and medical environment I was thrown in. It all just added to the trauma.
This is where the cancer council comes in. There is a help line you can call and they can get you in touch with people , real people, that have been or are still going through what you are going through. They know, they care. In times of hardship and total upheaval, that means everything.
It has been two years and a bit for me now. I am still recovering and still under “supervision”, still three more years to be poked and prodded and declared “saved” and a “survivor” but even then , everything I have been through and know now, will never leave me.
When I was diagnosed with uterine cancer and told that the only way to save me was to take my dream away to have a family, it was soul destroying. I fought, I still am, but at times –especially around mothersday- the hurt returns, to be quickly followed by a deep gratitude that I am still here.
When I was telling everybody about it on my blog (please read the whole story here: http://ixchelbunny.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/im-home-perfect-missed-opportunity.html ) it helped me cope. At that time, just out of the hospital, I was determent to make a change. To start a foundation, to make people aware of uterine cancer and more importantly, to help other people. Finding a Cure begins with Research, Love, Support, Hope,Faith and a lot of determination. The time has come people! The Fluff for a Cure fundraiser is just the beginning. It will not stop today. The Fluff for a cure Fundraiser will keep going ! Today it is the World record Angora Bunny scarf that is the item that can “won” by the person donating the most money to the cause, but there will be more fluffy articles put in the spotlight for the Fluff for a Cure Cause in the future. So, keep an eye out on this blog, my group on Ravelry and Facebook.
Everybody who wants can be a part of the FLUFF for a CURE movement: you can donate anything to be auctioned off and all proceeds will go to the cancer council or you can donate money to the cause by clicking on the donate button on the fluff for a cure webpage. The Fluff for a Cure Cancer Council webpage is right here and it is never too late to donate ! : : http://vic.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/FLUFFforaCURE
Here’s this weeks Shop blog Update! Enjoy the goodies and don’t forget to go to the Fluff for a Cure Cancer Council webpage ! If you can make it to the Fluff for a Cure Spin in , please let me know : it is going to be heaps of fun !! there are yummy cardamom macaroons to be tasted, fresh tea and offee, cuddly bunnies, fluff to play with and lots of chatting!!
GaGa ! Bunny tops
Part of the sales will be donated to the Fluff for a Cure !
Dates to Remember:
FRIDAY May 11th !
Every Third Saturday and every fourth Thursday of the month!
IxCHeL Yarn and Bunny Show
Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd of July