October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We will be delivering Pink Flowers in Mason Jars on October 12th. For $25.00 we will deliver flowers to anyone in the valley. Proceeds will pay for travel expenses to take six women battling stage 4 cancer.
We are half way to our goal to pay for every penny of the trip. We also have a waiting list so if we make our goal early, we can bring more women on this special trip.
Donate here, leave your address and message to the flower recipient.
We are planning to take six women with stage four cancer on a cruise to Mexico to give them a chance to rest, relax and discuss their unique situation with each other. We will cover every cent from transportation, food, lodging to and from their home, cruise expenses, Mexico excursion. When we invited the six women, the predominant reaction from most of the women was, a sigh followed by "I need this". Women who are sick spend an exhausting amount of time convincing everyone around them that they are okay. These women deserve to have three days when they are pampered, loved and a chance to have honest conversations with other women with stage four cancer.
Stage 4 cancer is a condition in which cancer has spread (metastasized) from its original location to other organs in the body. Therein lies an important reality: women with metastatic cancer ("mets") may die quickly after being diagnosed; alternatively, they may live for years. Because there is no "cure" for mets, many in this group of women have come to feel that they are the "cast-offs" in the cancer community. They feel that their "incurable" condition generates anxiety in others -- including other cancer patients -- and that they are therefore avoided. Several have communicated to me that they are excluded from regular cancer support groups because their presence would "discourage" or "depress" other cancer patients.
There is no doubt that medicine has made significant advances in the past two decades when it comes to diagnosis and treatment, especially of early-stage cancers, including breast cancer. Today, for localized tumors that have not spread (Stage 1), 90 percent of patients will live another five years, and half will live more than 10 years. In about six percent to 10 percent of all breast cancer patients, the cancer has already spread to a second location by the time it is diagnosed (Stage 2). Even then, however, more than half of these women will survive more than 10 years after treatment.
Despite this good news (and the optimism it generates) the fact is that some women will experience a recurrence of cancer, including cancer that has metastasized to other organs, such as the bones. For women with mets the challenge is not to "cure" their disease, in the sense of being "cancer-free." Rather, the challenge they face is to learn to control what amounts to a chronic and ultimately fatal disease. In other words, instead of seeking to be cancer-free, they seek to contain their disease and keep it from spreading. In this regard, the news is mixed: some women with mets die within a few years; on the other hand, some have been living with mets for eight or ten years.
No one knows this feeling unless they have this diagnosis. These women deserve to be given a space to discuss these feeling and emotions associated with stage 4 cancer. Our cruise will provide this space.
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Pink Sister Stage Four Cruise 2019