Beauty and Inspiration

Don

Beauty and Inspiration

Don
First published April 3, 2013 on facingcancer.ca

It never occurred to me that I might one day begin a blog posting with a quote from Jacqueline Bisset but here goes:

“A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.”

Actually that wasn’t that hard!

But why this quote and why the photo of the space shuttle re-entering earth’s atmosphere?

Each are a testament to the courage I have witnessed first-hand with Katie and vicariously through reading of the recent adventures in India of some of my blogging colleagues Katie Evans, Alex Ginty and Terri Wingham.

Having experienced all of the horrors of breast cancer these women have found within them the fortitude to re-enter full life with vigour and commitment.  While each of them has their own physical beauty it is the shining through of this sense of purpose that inspires me.

And while the LGFB foundation has done remarkable work in helping women overcome the many challenges of cancer treatment through the remarkable work of its many volunteers and support of great corporate sponsors, it is this notion of courage that I find awe inspiring.

I will never be more proud of my wife than I am right now.  Finding her way through the rigours of treatment she has truly been re-created.  She has become an even better and more solicitous and committed mother to Gabriel and Samuel.  She has become an even stronger pillar of support for me in my efforts to rebuild my business.  She has become an even more important contributor to the ‘real’ lives of those with whom she works.  She has become an inspiration to many people who quite simply had either lost their way or forgotten those little moments in life that bring us real fulfillment.

She has become even more beautiful and that’s all I wanted to share in this post today.

For you male caresharers out there – I know that there are what seem like insurmountable challenges in riding shotgun on the breast cancer trail.  I promise you however that if you willingly accept your role and willingly allow your vulnerabilities to come to the fore, you will find yourself in the company of a woman whom you can love more than you thought possible.

I promise.  It is true.

It is hard.  It is the greatest challenge you may ever face but I encourage you to remain powerful in the face of adversity for when you re-enter your re-created lives together you will in a very strange, bewildering way be thankful for the opportunity to regenerate your passion.

Katie – you inspire me.  Thank you.

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MissAngie

That was beautiful. I have tears.\r\nAngela