Tuesday, November 29, 2005

To Live STRONG...

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your love and support. Today has been a better day. How could it "not" be when I have my friends and family who leaned with me and gently pushed me back up when I was down.

I've done alot of thinking over the last 24 hours and I am happy to say that, in general, I am still in the mix, still willing to fight for every moment because I decided in Feb 2005 when I was diagnosed, that I AM A SURVIVOR. Whatever the outcome ... 5 years, 10 years ... 60 years from now... I'm not going down without a fight!

More to come ... but for now I'd like to share this Manefesto from the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I'm off to the gym for a 30 minute workout. I have been slacking for long enough and I have a 1/2 Ironman in August!!

- Holly

We believe in life.
Your life.
We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being.
And that you must not let cancer take control of it.
We believe in energy: channeled and fierce.
We believe in focus: getting smart and living strong.
Unity is strength. Knowledge is power. Attitude is everything.
This is the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

We kick in the moment you’re diagnosed.
We help you accept the tears. Acknowledge the rage.
We believe in your right to live without pain.
We believe in information. Not pity.
And in straight, open talk about cancer.
With husbands, wives and partners. With kids, friends and neighbors. And the people you live with, work with, cry and laugh with.
This is no time to pull punches.
You’re in the fight of your life.

We’re about the hard stuff.
Like finding the nerve to ask for a second opinion.
And a third, or a fourth, if that’s what it takes.
We’re about getting smart about clinical trials.
And if it comes to it, being in control of how your life ends.
It’s your life. You will have it your way.

We’re about the practical stuff.
Planning for surviving. Banking your sperm. Preserving your fertility. Organizing your finances. Dealing with hospitals, specialists, insurance companies and employers.
It’s knowing your rights.
It’s your life.
Take no prisoners.

We’re about the fight.
We’re your champion on Capitol Hill. Your advocate with the healthcare system. Your sponsor in the research labs.
And we know the fight never ends.
Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life.
This is the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Founded and inspired by one of the toughest cancer survivors on the planet.



Flatman said...

Good Girl. Keep reading that OUTLOUD to yourself! You are going to beat this!!!

TriFeist said...

YEAH!!!! Go Holly!!! With that spirit, you are unstoppable.

melbel said...

Yay!! One day at a time. May today be better than yesterday and tomorrow even better than today. Here's to staying in the mix, getting back on track and meeting deadlines head on. I hope you're smiling. You rock - as always!!

Bolder said...

thanks for sharing the manifesto.

everyone knows i'm a huge lance fan.

but, you're on my list too holly... it made my day reading that you were back in the mix, and in da club!