Moments of Hope
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
There are certain moments in our life that never leave us -
saying, "I do"; hearing the doctor say, "It's a boy"; catching an
emergency bulletin announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor, or the
explosion of the space shuttle, or the fall of the Twin Towers.
Your mind can always go back to where you were, whom you were with,
and what you were doing at that specific moment in time.
Hearing the words, "you have cancer" knocks your world on end. I
remember my parents traveling 200 miles to tell us in person that
my mother had breast cancer. And I vividly remember watching my
mother's knees become weak when the surgeon told us my father's
cancer was lymphoma, not a simple gastric tumor. The word "cancer"
affects the one who receives the diagnosis and an entire circle of
individuals around them. The spouse/partner suddenly becomes a
caregiver; family members take the call to action to heart and step
in and often on top of each other; children become scared and
worried; co-workers and friends wonder if they have what it takes
to "be there" on a daily basis. And let's face it; it's a word that
gives the majority of us the chills.
HOPE Cancer Connection was built by caring individuals with a
deep desire to be there for those on the cancer journey - for the
survivor as well as those around them. HOPE's website is the one
place that gives you the tools you need to navigate your way
through cancer in the Fox Valley. From cancer team descriptions,
advice on how to get a second opinion, local support groups that
provide the "we've been there too" angle to where to find a wig,
skin care after chemo, and programs on how to rebuild your life
after cancer. HOPE offers local support in an easily navigated
website that has been approved by our Medical Advisory Council.
It's a safe place to get the answers to the questions cancer brings
to your life.
It's my absolute pleasure to introduce you to HOPE Cancer
Connection's featured survivors from the valley. I hope you will
take a moment to read their stories and find a connection to your
own journey. Our goal is to provide the infrastructure in which
existing and emerging cancer resources can be easily accessed. We
hope to continuously be adding new resources to the website as we
find out about more and more individuals who are hoping to making a
difference in the world of the cancer survivor. We hope that you
will team with us - be our eyes and ears in the valley - and let us
know what resources, opportunities or events need to be added to
We welcome you to HOPE Cancer Connection of the Fox Valley where
we believe in supporting your journey with HOPE.
Brenda Bonn, Executive Director, HOPE Cancer Connection
of the Fox Valley