I wanted to share with you my story of my step dad that has passed away to cancer. Five years ago in May my mom married Bill. They were happy together in fact the happiest I have ever seen my mom in years. In August Bill had a swollen gland in his neck so he went to the hospital. For a couple of months the doctors told him it was allergies and put him on Zertec and antibiotics. Sept 8, 2006, Bill got up during the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and he collapsed on the floor. Blacked out and was unresponsive. My mom had called 911 and the ambulance was on their way when she had called me. They did get him to start breathing again on the way to the hospital. Several hours later the transfered him to another hospital and mom and I were on our way there too.Once there, they did a scope to look at his throat and found a cyst wrapped around his main artery and that is what caused him to black out and quit breathing. After further tests we found out it was cancer, Yes cancer not allergies.That’s when the battle began. We stayed at a house that is just a block away from the hospital and the Cancer treatment center. While Bill was in the hospital trying to get better we spent endless hours by his side (the treatments he was receiving and the lack of blood to the brain would make him hallucinate). Four weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer, he woke up one morning and asked me if I thought he was going to die and I told him no. That night mom and I went home to get clothes and so I could spend sometime with my family and we got a phone call that we needed to come back. Bill had taken a turn for the worst.We drove back that night and he did make it three more nights before he passed away. Cancer is a horrible disease to watch someone die because of it makes it even harder. To see a strong man weak and needing help getting up, going to the bathroom, and not being able to eat because the radiation burnt his throat was very hard and then to find out that the treatments didn’t help was frustrating. With cancer I think a person has every feeling possible at some point and time of treatment.I pray for all people going through cancer, their family, and their cartakers every day. It takes alot of courage and strength to get through such a horrible disease.
Right now, it is Sunday evening, and I spent a fair amount of time watching NFL football today. Yes, I know, it’s a tad unusual for the wife of the family to be the avid football watcher, but that’s the way it works around here. And what I loved about today’s games was the sea of pink.
For those that don’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…as far as I’m concerned, it could be Breast Cancer Awareness Month every month, or just simply Cancer Awareness Month. But October has received the designation. And in honor of the pinkest month on the calendar, I’m hosting a giveaway.
This isn’t just your ordinary, everyday giveaway either. This is a big one.
In fact…I wish I could win, because I’m giving away something that I don’t even own myself. That’s right, my kitchen is not complete. I do not own a Kitchenaid.
But one of my lucky readers certainly will!
On Halloween (that’s right, October 31!), I will draw one lucky winner to receive a pink Kitchenaid 5 qt. Artisan Stand Mixer. I’m not kidding. It’s on it’s way to my house right now!
Not only will the winner receive a Kitchenaid mixer, but I also have a slug of pink Kitchenaid stuff to go with it. Including: whisk, bamboo spatulas, set of 4 prep bowls and set of 3 mixing bowls. Kinda cool, eh?
So, how do you win? Easy…comment on this post. Tell me one way cancer has changed your life, or affected your family, or made you appreciate all that you have. Leave a comment, and you’ll receive one entry. Only comments on this particular blog post will count towards winning the mixer and gadgets, but comments on other posts are encouraged as well!
Ah, but you can earn extra entries…send some Cancer Kicking Love on over to my blogging sister Leontien, leave a comment on her blog, letting her know that many others across the country are praying for her, and helping her be strong when she feels week. Do that, leave a separate comment letting me know you have, and you’ll earn another entry. I’ve even made it easy, just click on the button below!
And, if you so choose, you can earn five extra entries by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and telling me your story. This month isn’t JUST about breast cancer. Tell me about your struggles, your fears, your moments of amazement. Make us laugh, make us cry, inform us with statistics. Whatever it may be. I hope to intersperse our stories throughout the month. You can stay anonymous (just tell me so in your email), or I can give you full credit. Whatever you’re comfortable with, I’m game. And I’ll be adding mine in as well.
For those that don’t know…my mother is a cancer survivor. It was a fluke, an accident, a cold that didn’t get better. And somehow a rare cancer of the soft palate of her mouth was found. I’ll tell you her story later, but I know that almost everyone reading this has a story. Cancer sucks that way. It touches everyone.
But the good thing is, we have each other…and pretty soon, one of you will have a Pink’ed-out kitchen!
Good luck, God bless…and Fight Like a Girl!