Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

She Colors My Day

I remember when I was first diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer about ten years ago.  I stood in the middle of the kitchen, holding the phone, the doctor had just said “You have a little bit of cancer.  Do you have any questions?”  Before I could respond, she hung up the phone.  My head, my heart was raging.  Then it all went blank as I thought about my children.  My babies were 3 years, 4 years, 4 years and 6 years and I didn’t know what I was going to do.  Was I going to dieWould my husband be able to take care of themWhat did I want my children to know about me

For the next few days, I spent time online looking up songs that I wanted the kids to hear.  I made a list of books they should read.  I wrote down advice for when the girls reached puberty and for when my son started dating.  I wrote the story of their births.  I shared my hopes and dreams with them.  I organized their closets (bought color~coded clothes hangers, arranged their drawers from the youngest to the oldest), bought tons of shampoo and conditioner and made lists of all the products that I used for them, etc just to be sure that my babies would never feel like they had lost their mother.  I wanted to be with them always.  I wrote out lists for my husband of their favorite foods and toys and television shows.  I did what every mother does when she thinks she’s going to die, she makes sure that her babies are going to be cared for…

Through the grace of God and the skilled care of the medical staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (who took over my care after my primary care physician quit), I am a cancer survivior.  I was blessed to be able to watch my babies grow up.  But there are many mothers who are not so fortunate.  The She Colors My Day project began when a mother named Annette, dying from breast cancer, decided to create a keepsake for the four daughters she was leaving behind.  Her act of love inspired her friend, Cristina Carlino, founder of Project Miracle, to start the She Colors My Day movement ~ a celebration of the neverending bond between mothers and daughters.  The goal of the movement is to find a cure for cancer by benefitting the Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s/Women’s Cancer Research Group biomarker project.

How can you help support this worthwhile project? 

*Color With Us ~ You can start by taking the first steps to coloring someone else’s day through a platform we all know well~ Facebook.  The She Colors My Day pink crayon is a Facebook application created to be shared with those we love. The pink crayon can be virtually passed around on Facebook so we can all help to create for a cure.

*Sing Along ~ The “She Colors My Day” song co-written by Cristina Carlino and Stuart Mathis for Cristina’s daughter has been recorded by multi-Grammy award winner, Amy Grant.  Download the “She Colors My Day Song” and video and help to support this organization.  A portion of net proceeds from the song supports the She Colors My Day project, benefiting Susan G. Komen for a Cure ® Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s/Women’s Cancer Research Group.

*Spread the Word ~  The ultimate goal of the “She Colors My Day” project is to support mothers and daughters and create a cure.  If you’re inspired by this project, please help me share the love by publishing a post on your blog this week that celebrates the special mother/daughter relationships in your life. 

There will also be a Twitter discussion on 10 May and I’d love for you to attend.  I also urge you to join in the conversation ~ tell your story and offer support or inspiration.

My doctor was awful and didn’t explain anything to me, in fact, the next day I received a registered letter from her stating that I had thirty days to find a new doctor (long story short but she was upset that I went to another doctor for a second opinion ~ he was the one who did my biopsy).  I would tell anyone, if you are not comfortable with your doctor or if your doctor is unsure what is wrong with you, go get a second opinion.  Even if it means upsetting your doctor, you have to take care of yourself.

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