Fighting cancer is referred to as a journey and what a journey this has been. Four years ago I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. I have had three surgeries, chemo, radiation and there have been some short term and long term effects.
All have been life changing. No one takes a journey alone. And if roses could be handed out to those who came with me on this journey there would be many. Everyone has had an impact on my recovery. The aid who smuggled shampoo into
my room and the nurse who washed my hair although it was it was not yet allowed. The cards of encouragement I would find in the mail box which seemed to arrive on a day I really needed it. The special medical professional that is always there
for me, even if it is just to bitch, she listens. The support group where I feel I am not alone. And so many more. But the first and final rose is for my daughter Samantha. Sam is my champion, my advocate and she was my voice when I literally
did not have one. While I was having my surgery, chemo and radiation I knew that Sam was making sure I was well taken care of. During this time she was working full time as an ER tech and attending an accelerated nursing program.
We had a deal I would do my job and get better and she would do hers and graduate on time. Samantha is my strength, my heart. She is an amazing woman and now a dedicated and passionate nurse. This summer I will be celebrating
my fourth annual "Magical Day" and this fall I will proudly walk Samantha down the aisle. Ann's Place is also an extremely important part of my journey. That is why Samantha and I are honored and excited to be participating in this year's
Fashion Show to support Ann's Place and all they do for the community.