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Dr. Oz recently did an episode of his show on conquering fears, which, if you were paying attention, I wrote about a few weeks ago. This year has been all about conquering fears for me. I’ve gotten my driver’s licence, signed up for driving lessons (starting next month), I’ve confronted the past and made my own type of peace with it, and I’ve decided to take the Canadian Cancer Society’s Fearless Challenge. I’d like to say that my inspiration for doing this is to help prevent cancer for our future generations, but I’ve had to face another fear this year – my mother’s breast cancer, that had been in remission, had spread to her bones. The very definition of fearless, my mother delivered the news to me casually over the phone several weeks after she found out. As I started to cry, she reminded me that she had no intentions of going anywhere. Then she told me that she had an appointment with an oncologist. The only fear that she showed was when I decided to tag along with because she knew that it was then that I would find out that she slept through her appointment time the week before. She thought it was hilarious – me – not so much.
My mother’s sense of humour through all of this has been amazing. She reminds me daily that she doesn’t just have cancer – she has a life too. She makes the best of her situation which means having friends over more and going out less. Cancer is a bit of a roller coaster to say the least, and there have been good days, and bad. Lately it has been Cancer Schmancer. It’s there, but it’s not the be all and end all that it would like to be.
Watching the bravest person alive (yes Mummy that’s you) go through this battle inspired me to face my own fears. Doing the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Fearless Challenge is my most important project. When my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, I stayed up nights pouring over websites and getting so much scary information that I didn’t know how to process it all. I decided to streamline my research to only a couple of sites that I knew to be reputable. One was the CCS’s cancer.ca. It had great information and gave me a complete picture of the resources available. When I went to oncology appointments, I’d pick up CCS booklets. The more I read, the less scary the disease became and I was finally able to calm myself down enough to sleep at night and to stop pouring over websites.
I did the same thing back in March when I found out that my mother’s cancer had spread. I read all of the research and resources, but used cancer.ca as my go to. I picked up more booklets at the hospital and once again, they brought me some semblance of comfort along with my very supportive friends and family. I’m so grateful to the CCS for having this information available. They also became a client and that’s when I found out about the Fearless Challenge. I want to give back by helping raise money for this very worthy charity so here is what I’m committing to. I’m going to do all of the things that I’ve ever chickened out on in Niagara Falls. I’m going to (in order of least afraid to most afraid):
- Go on the Whirlpool Aero Car – I chickened out on this years ago, even though this doesn’t scare me at all now
- Take a ride on the SkyWheel helping me face my fear of throwing up and getting dizzy. I have terrible motion sickness – everyone else is afraid of heights, I’m just afraid of barfing at 175 feet above the ground in a closed car
- Meander through the Butterfly Conservatory – this is the absolute worst thing ever for me!!!! I hate insects and you can tell me that a Butterfly is beautiful – but it’s just a bug with huge wings that flits everywhere willy nilly. I’m going to see if Hazmat suit is available for the day. At the very least, I’m covering myself in black clothing from head to toe and wearing leather gloves even if I have to go on the hottest day of the year.
This is where I do my schlocky sales pitch – please check out and support my Fearless Challenge or sign up for one of your own. Check out my page and the site for inspiration http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR?fr_id=19672&px=6422179&pg=personal&fb_ref=Default Help me make cancer a little less scary for others.