ADJUST YOUR SAILS

AUNT DEAN GIVING HER NEPHEWS A DANCE LESSON

AUNT DEAN GIVING HER NEPHEWS A DANCE LESSON

Throughout the past 12 years of ups and downs and family members battling cancer one thing that we have had to learn to do is adjust our sails.  One of the most constants in my life has been my sweet aunt dean and uncle bob.  They have not only been amazing role models but also a second set of parents to me - I even lived with them for a bit after I graduated high school.  If you want a description of true southern hospitality you would only need a brief encounter with my aunt.  Even pictured here - she was determined not to let cancer defeat her - although there have been moments that I am sure she has felt that would be the easier road - she pushed through like a true warrior!  Aunt dean was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis - she has been in and out of remission for the past 4 1/2 years.  Today, as I am consumed with preparing for an adipsy board meeting this evening and excited about all that 2016 will hold I received a message that she has a malignant spot on her spine and in her brain.  She will begin radiation tomorrow on both spots after receiving the news today.  When people ask - why does adipsy do what it does?.....this is the why.  There are so many people in my community - in your community that do not have a support system or family connections like my aunt dean.  They are looking for someone to fill in the gap - I am determined that I will be that someone.  Always looking for new ways to bless someone - always encouraging - always comforting - always giving.....always adjusting the sails to help someone in need.