I'm kind of behind with my blogging so forgive me for writing about something that happened last weekend. I got the privilege of speaking at a special brunch called "Hats off for the Cure" that is put on by my friend Tina Grimstead-Campbell's non-profit, Pink Petals for Pat. Tina's sister is Pat. Pat was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer a few years ago and sadly passed away only 3 months after her diagnosis. Pink Petals for Pat honors Pat's memory by educating and bringing breast cancer awareness to underserved women in Houston. It was such a beautiful brunch with about 100 women and men in attendance. I met so many wonderful, strong breast cancer survivors and also one emotional woman who was diagnosed earlier THAT WEEK! Again I was so honored to be invited to speak about my breast cancer and my experience living with Stage IV cancer, but I really think that it was more of a learning experience for myself. It left me even more inspired to get out there and help other cancer patients and to keep pushing for Suites of Hope. What a legacy for Tina and Pat's love for each other as sisters. Here are some pictures from the event.
Me and Tina beside a picture of her late sister, Pat.
Me and my new friend, Michelle, who is also a breast cancer survivor and was also a speaker at the event.
Me and my friend, Jasmine! Educating them at a young age. Such a big heart for such a little girl!
I also got to attend a Komen networking event a couple of weeks ago. It was for organizations that were interested in submitting grant proposals to the Komen. It was really fun meeting so many people that are dedicated to the same cause. While I was there, someone asked the American Cancer Society representative if they still take donations of slightly used breast prosthesis. I was excited because I have a really nice, expensive one that I obviously don't need since I had my reconstruction surgeries. Just so everyone knows, mine is made of really cool gel-like material that is easy to clean and looks brand new. It cost around $350-$400 and I got it at the cute little store at MD Anderson. Of course mine was paid for by insurance, but many women aren't so lucky. I'm really eager to donate it as soon as possible! But I have to admit, I was a little annoyed when I heard that donated used prosthesis are shipped overseas to other countries. I asked why, of course. I was told that women here only want brand new prosthesis...WHAT?!!!!!! So let me get this straight, women will go to stores or online and buy slightly used purses, clothing, furniture from complete strangers but no thank you to a really nice breast prosthesis? Especially when insurance won't cover the cost or you don't have insurance and can't afford one? These women expect someone to buy them brand new ones and are too good for used ones? I don't know, maybe I grew up on hand-me downs and have a different perspective? What do you guys think, does that bother you as much as it bothers me? I'm still gonna donate it... I guess some woman in Honduras or Russia will be really excited!!!