WHAT DOES OCTOBER MEANS TO US?
VOLUME 4: GRANDMA JUDY
Q: One word to describe why October is special to you
Q: Can you elaborate on the above? Since she survived, is she still doing well? If not, did it change anything with you as far as how you view cancer?
A: Every October I see all the pink ribbons, I see NFL players wearing pink gear, I see the races/walks and all I can think is...relief. Hearing that someone you love is in remission and a small weight is off your shoulders, and every year after that you and your loved ones can breathe a little easier. Every October my family remembers the fear of the diagnosis, the strength of a woman in her 60's, and....Relief. She has been cancer free for almost 10 years. My family and I, for the next few years would run/walk the Susan G. Komen race but my grandmother decided that she didn't really like being caught up in the mix of 80,000 people or so. But now we look for other avenues of donating whether it be purchasing our pink ribbons or sending donations to charities that we believe will do the most good.
Q: What would you like to see happen this year during October? In the future?
A: First off, as awful of an experience as breast cancer can be having someone who's been through it or understands what you're going through is something that isn't talked about nearly as much. At 13 I was told my grandmother had breast cancer. 13. Now obviously I don't want to take anything away from her struggle, fight, and victory against the horrible disease that cancer is. But at 13 how do you even process that news? Do you immediately think the worst? Do you just brush it off and assume she will be okay? That's one thing I wish I would have had was someone who knew what we were going through outside of my family that I could talk to. So if you or a loved one is going through it, reach out and ask for help. Help processing the information, help with how you're feeling. It is important for your loved one going through it to have the best support team. Helping yourself helps them.
I am also so lucky to work for a company who stands for something that I believe so heavily in. From charity poker nights and golf tournaments to company-matched donations, our company stands for a cause that means so much to so many people. Thank you to OneStaff for being a company who gives back, and thank you for going above and beyond as a company.
This October I would just love to see people get educated. Who knows what could have happened if my grandmother didn't catch it and get checked when she did, what could have happened if she waited another six months? Knowledge is power. And getting checked regularly is something I think is so important. Whether it be at the doctor, self-checks every day, hell you can even ask someone to help! Anything is better than not knowing what to look for or not seeing the signs when something is wrong!
Q: What do you think your mother would have to say about your involvement?
A: My grandmother is a person that for the most part likes to keep to herself and normally wouldn't love that I was talking about her to the masses in any way. But when it comes to breast cancer awareness she understands the importance of it all. She is a sweet woman who sits on her bench outside of her house and birdwatches and makes friends with her neighbors. The type of person who lives in a house (even though the neighborhood isn't great) for 35+ years. Mom's her grass every 3 days. Tends to her rose bushes and rhubarb plants. Just a modest woman who grew up through and faced hard times throughout her life, and is still throwing punches every time life tries to slow her down.
ONE BEHALF OF ALL OF OUR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS SURVIVORS, SUPPORTERS AND THOSE CURRENTLY FIGHTING, WE PROUDLY SHARE OMAHA’S-OWN, PROJECT PINK’D DONATION SITE (HERE). PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE CAUSE. HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
DONATE. SHARE. SUPPORT. FIGHT.