Swimming upstream...   |   Saturday, August 28, 2010








Don't you sometimes feel like you're swimming upstream, and not getting anywhere....like one of those tiny pools they advertise on TV at 3am... swim and swim and swim... in a pool, not much bigger than a bathtub and getting nowhere. I need to see progress. I need some satisfaction. I got that today!!
Today was a day of catching up for me. Things with the project have gotten out of hand, photo sessions were backing up, correspondence needed to be written, my desk needed a cleaning. All the things I'm terrible at and usually put off till days like today. My beautiful daughter Emily, who may or may not have a bit of OCD... organized all my envelopes for those getting CD's and then ORGANIZED my paperwork!! In a notebook. With dividers. And sticky notes, where things need something more. Isn't that amazing??!! She and her father are BIG fans of office supplies, sticky notes and binders. She obviously didn't get it from me!
These brave women will not be defined by these cancers and peoples reactions to it and by God, I'll not be defined by the mess on my desk! I have conquered.

I'm proud to tell the following women that your CD's with your images finally went out in today's mail!!
Maureen N.
Stephanie V.
Laura G. and Mallory C.
Angie T. and Jen M.
Sharon K.
Monica T.
Sabrina M.
Lorraine A.
Thank you for being so patient with me. But, I'm thrilled that the project is still gaining momentum and the phone keeps ringing. I'm so thrilled at a phenomenon is occurring that I never considered when this blog started... you women are beginning to talk to each other, encourage each other and developing 'virtual' friendships with cancer as your common bond. ONLY you, who are walking through this journey, can speak into each others lives. We, on the outside, including your families will NEVER be able to say, "I know how you feel", unless we too receive that devastating diagnosis. I am blessed daily by your comments to each other and by the comments received by your "fan clubs."

My initial goal of "empowering women to be bold, brave and beautiful" and to face your disease head on, knowing how beautiful you ARE, is being accomplished. I can rest in that.... as soon as my desk is clear and every woman in town who is struggling with her self image and confidence during this tough time is photographed! Please keep spreading the word... we are empowering ALL women, one bald one at a time!

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2 Comments :

Anonymous Kathy Bonde said...

Thank you Terri for what you are doing. I am looking forward to meeting you and have my picture taken. I have been missing my hair lately so this is very timely. I will be bold and feel beautiful in my baldness!

September 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Sally Cremeans said...

I think this is so helpful, I am very close to Heather Allen { her mom-in-law- to be}, I think this project has helped her to deal with this. It gives her something to focus on that's positive. Thank- you

January 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM  

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