Hope Strength and Beauty

“During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been.  It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out.  You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered.  But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been.  You’re clear.  Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception.  Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience.  Now it’s instantaneous.”  ~Melissa Bank

Earlier this week, my daughter and I decided to have lunch before I chauffeured her home after her visit to the doctor.  The hostess commented as she seated us, “You must be wearing pink for breast cancer.”  Not purposely, we both just happened to wear pink blouses that day.  I realized it was October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Laura Harms, the Diva, challenged us to tangle Hope as a tribute to those amazing women touched by breast cancer.

As I gave this more consideration, several specific friends came to mind.  The quote I selected for this week captures what all three of them have told me at one time or another over the years.  I am always humbled by the quiet dignity of their words and the hope they give others so generously.  While my string is not so original, the tangles were selected with these wonderful women in mind.  Zander represents the strands of hope that when gathered create a strength that inspires and endures.  Purk and Onomato – so very feminine and beautiful.  Breast cancer tries to steal those qualities from a woman, but their very strength and spirit hold tight and it shines from within and all around them.  Finally, the pearls represent the patina they carry from challenges faced and incredible courage to move forward.  It shines from every breast cancer warrior’s face.  I count myself blessed that they are still in my life and I am able to call these ladies my friends.  Cheers Sarah, Gerri, and Donna!