Friday, October 26, 2012

hands and feet to grief

{My Mom and I, with our "Team Poppa" hands together shortly after my Dad's cancer diagnosis}


For me, it's important to continue to honor my Dad.  It's important that his life and his impact has lasting traction.  I want to make a difference in his honor.

I want to put hands and feet to my grief.  I want my grief to have action. I won't allow him to be gone for nothing.

I want my life to be one of giving back, the way that his was.

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The fact that many people go through cancer, without any support system or family baffles me.

Cancer is all consuming.  There is a schedule of feedings, meds, radiation, chemo, oncology appointments, etc.  That doesn't even take into account all the normal business of life that goes on, which is unrelated to living with cancer. The house cleaning, the pet walking, the grocery buying and on and on.

It took all of us.  And it took the rally of support from family and friends, to keep us going.

Last weekend, my Mom and I attended the Rock Cancer C.A.R.E volunteer orientation. They are a non-profit that provides help and support to cancer patients without a support system and they cover what insurance doesn't.

For the people who have no one, we are saying that we will be someone.  That we will step up.  That we will be the "someone" for as many people as we can. 

I am not sure yet how that will manifest.  I am not sure if that will mean delivering a meal or a bag of groceries, sending a card of encouragement, giving a ride to chemo or radiation.  I don't know what it will all mean yet, I just know it's what I am supposed to be doing.

I am convinced and convicted that stepping out of my comfort zone, and looking for some difference that I can make to someone who needs it desperately is exactly what my Dad would have me to do.

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You can learn more about Rock Cancer C.A.R.E {here}





4 comments:

  1. Amber, you ROCK! YOu INSPIRE! YOU are special! xo

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  2. Over and over again you inspire me and touch me to the core. I admire you wanting to put action to your grief, but you have to know that you ARE making a difference in the world every day. I've never laid eyes on you IRL and you have a positive impact on me all the time. Please make time to take care of you, too. You are very important!!

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