February Newsletter

We occasionally like to share stories with you from our clients, support group attendees, volunteers and staff. This month is a survivor story. Thank you to Rhonda for sharing your heart with us and inspiring others on this cancer journey. We came to meet Rhonda at our Tuesday Support Group. She no longer attends due to her work schedule but she will always be a part of our Loving Arms Support Group family.

P.S., Make sure to check out our upcoming events at the bottom of this newsletter. You can follow us on Facebook to keep up with our latest news.

Blessings,

Janet

A Survivor’s Story

 

March 10, 2016 will mark two years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I remember the moment I got the call from my doctor, she said those “life changing” words, it’s cancer. In that moment, it was like a kick in the stomach, everything went dark and it just didn’t seem real. So many emotions and thoughts go through your mind at once, how do you even begin to process this? Reading the actual medical report made it sound and feel even more unbearable and unbelievable…..40 year old female – left ductal carcinoma. And at that time, I was a new mother with a one year old baby girl. A happy and excited new mom now with breast cancer.  It was hard to really wrap my mind around this. I was active, had healthy eating habits, exercised regularly, what went wrong I wondered? But, I discovered that it didn’t matter and I may never know the answer, and frankly don’t think I wanted to know. But, I knew I had to face this head on and fight with all my might because I had a beautiful baby girl that needed her mother.

So, as I began to pull myself together, taking a deep breath, I remembered that sign on the wall of the breast cancer care center. The sign read “life is subject to change without notice….and you will get through it”. And it’s true because I did and I’m continuing to get through it. After the initial shock of it all, I knew a couple of things to be certain, I was now a part of “the statistics” I would always hear about in the media and I was going to do everything in my power to live. Even with all the awful and negative things that cancer can bring to your life, it has brought out a better version of my old self. Through out this journey, I said that for every negative I would counteract with a positive….it was helpful and its so important to have a positive attitude, I do believe it is a major part to the overall healing process. I call it the “BUT” response.

Chemo was awful and I dreaded it, it made me tired, nauseous and gave me horrible ‘metal mouth’, BUT it killed my tumor!
I lost my hair by the second round of chemo, BUT my baldness provided me with a sense of freedom and confidence!
I lost my natural breast from a double mastectomy, BUT it reduced the risk of reoccurrence!
I have scars from the mastectomy and reconstruction surgery, BUT I have new breast! 

Those are just some of my BUTs- there are many more. I am just so very grateful to have gone through this and have the love and support from family and friends to get through it. Sometimes we find our biggest blessings from the the most tragic and difficult things in life, and it’s by the grace of God if we are able to embrace it.

Going through cancer has been a life-altering experience to say the least but it brought me to this wonderful organization that has become a special part of my life. I wanted to give back by volunteering or some how help someone in need but I realized how much Loving Arms helped me in the process. The staff is welcoming, kind, and they make you feel like family. The support groups are positive and help you connect with other fascinating and caring people. Seeing what they do in the community and how they help those dealing with cancer is extremely valuable.

This will be a life long journey, the cancer may be gone but the mental, emotional and physical aspects will always remain. But, with the right perspective, support and attitude, it will enhance this life-long journey in ways you never expected.  Funny thing about life, the only thing constant is change. But, it’s all in how we respond to those changes.   

Rhonda Richardson

Thank you to our sponsors.
Join us for Support Group Every Tuesday
12:30-3PM
relaxation techniques, light shoulder massage, and lunch provided.
UPCOMING EVENTS:

MARCH 25th
Go Lavender and
Easter Bake Sale
at Kennestone Cancer Center

APRIL 15th
Clays for a Cause
Fundraiser byBatson-Cook Construction

APRIL 30th
Making Memories
at Cobb County Safety Village

MAY 7th
Mother’s Day Tea and Fashion Show
Details to come


Loving Arms Cancer Outreach’s Newsletter: February

Happy New Year! I hope you all have had a great start to the year. Loving Arms Cancer Outreach is excited to see what this new year brings. Dancing With The Stars of Cobb County was such a successful event that we have decided to make it an annual event! We raised almost $40,000 thanks to so many of you and our fabulous dancers, instructors, sponsors and many volunteers. If you know a local star that would like to dance at this year’s event, please send us an email. Make sure you put September 26th on your calendar!!

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Tasty Tuesday: Chili

This week is an exciting week! Holly Clegg graciously sent us a copy of her newest cookbook Bien Durante El Cancer. Eek! We’ll have a recipe for you next week complete with English translation.  So, be sure to stop by for that!

In the mean time, I’m here to help you make it through the first rough days of winter with Holly’s delicious chili recipe. Who doesn’t love a nice bowl of hot chili on a cold winter night? And this recipe is super easy. Continue Reading


Tasty Tuesday: Yummy Milkshake

Welcome back! Hope you are having a fabulous week.

My life has been filled to the brim with busyness this past week, so I am bringing you a sweet and simple recipe this time: An Awesome Milkshake. That’s right, a milkshake. It’s wonderful for those of you with sore mouths or sore throats, and it can be modified to help you gain some weight! Woo!

Now that we are all excited and collectively craving milkshakes, here’s what you need…

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Warrior Child by Kim Roberts

Okay, you have cancer.  Now, which will you be to those around you – a Warrior or a Child?

Lately I’ve been winning battles
left and right

But even winners can get wounded
in the fight

People say that I’m amazing

Strong beyond my years

But they don’t see inside of me

I’m hiding all the tears

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Tasty Tuesday: Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Welcome to Loving Arms Cancer Outreach’s first edition of Tasty Tuesdays!  We want to provide cancer patients and families options for healthy, delicious meals. For the next couple weeks, we’ll be working our way through Eating Well Through Cancer by Holly Clegg & Gerald Mietello, M.D. It’s a great resource for finding the right foods to eat for the right ailments.

The book walks you through foods to eat the day of Chemotherapy, if you are experiencing low white blood cell count, diarrhea, constipation, sore mouth or throat, if you need to gain some weigh, and what to eat post treatment. There is even a section of suggested meals to bring to a friend experiencing cancer.  It’s got a little bit of something for everyone!

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