When I was 14 years old, my parents sat my sisters and I down in our family room and told us that my mom had been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to make sense of. Words like “surgery,” “chemotherapy,” “radiation,” “sick leave,” “hair loss…” swirled around me, hovering to find a place to land.
My mom fought hard. If you’ve ever lived with someone going through cancer treatment, you know the kind of fight I’m talking about. It was more than a physical battle; it was hugely mental. And spiritual. It was 18 months on that wretched battlefield, armed with the faith and perseverance that led her to find strength when, by all appearances, there was none left to be found.
She beat it, all while raising three girls at the impressionable ages of 16, 14, and 12. Looking back, with three kids of my own, I stand in awe at the mountain she climbed. It’s not a mountain any woman should have to climb, and quite frankly, I’m angered beyond words that any of us are still having to face it. We’ve come too far as a race to be living in the shadow of cancer.
Did you know that 12% of women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime? TWELVE PERCENT. That’s not even single digits, you guys. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re ready to do what we can to eliminate the possibility that we… our daughters, our mothers, our aunts, cousins, and friends… will have to fight just to survive this disease.
My dear friend and yoga instructor, Jeannette, and I are bringing our businesses together to create an opportunity for you to support the fight against breast cancer. We will be hosting a yoga event at my studio on Thursday, October 24th at 7:30 p.m. It’s $30 to participate. All the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Fight for a Cure Foundation.
Everyone who signs up and attends will be entered in a raffle giving away one Lifestyle Mini (all images included - worth $750) or a 3 month membership to Mindful Intentions Yoga (worth $297). It’s just a little incentive and “thank you” for joining us in our efforts. Space is limited (15 spots total) so your chances are definitely better than playing the lottery. lol
If you’ve never done yoga before, THAT IS OK!!! Jeannette is one of the most thorough, gentle instructors you’ll find, and she’ll guide you through the practice step-by-step. If you need a mat, tell us and we’ll make sure there’s one available. No matter your skill level, you are welcome to come with the intention of raising money for an incredibly important cause.
So what do you say? Wanna join me? I would absolutely LOVE a night out with a group of you. Go check out the details on Jeannette’s website. I’m really looking forward to it!!!