Through Fear Comes Strength, Grace and Beauty. This is Georgie’s Story.
As a survivor, Breast Cancer Awareness Month conjures memories of receiving the terrifying news “you have breast cancer”.
I was to have routine surgery on my shoulder following a frightful and unforeseen car accident that year. That was seven years ago. While completing all of the pre-op tests, they recommended I have a mammogram at the same time since it had been awhile, and I was there anyway. I agreed. It seemed harmless enough. But, then there it was; staring back at me in the form of report shared to me by my attending physician who seemed just as stunned. It wasn’t a lump, as you would expect, but rather more like a sheet of paper between layers. It was so thin that no self-examination would have ever detected its existence.
I should have been relieved to have caught it before it developed into something larger and more unmanageable, but I couldn’t help but feel hollow and scared, and uncertain of what was to lie ahead. Still… it was at the beginning stages, and we got it in time. I was so much more lucky than many who face that same potential prognosis. God was (and is still), watching over me.
I have been cancer free for little over seven years now, but I still face that demon every day through the thoughts of it returning, my daughters’ futures, and those friends and family who one-by-one are faced with the disease in some way each year.
Two years ago, my then business partner; my cousin and my best friend received news she was also to face the fight. She was diagnosed with not just one type of breast cancer but three different types! I remember all of those panic feelings come rushing back as I worry what lay ahead for her now. I could lose my cousin. Chemo. Full mastectomy. Long recovery. She is also a strong survivor; one of the strongest, but the treatment and recovery time did take their toll. As a result of everything, she wasn’t able to continue working our business together with me and eventually had to bow out in need of more recovery time, and eventually, steady benefits and a steady paycheck.
There have been so many others along the way… friends, family, business partners and vendors or their friends and family; all touched by this disease. One of my dearest and long-time friends who currently resides in the Twin Cities area got breast cancer not once but twice. And, most recently, another good friend and neighbor received the same damning news; she had breast cancer.
We’ve all survived! But, I know not all who face breast cancer are as lucky as those I hold dear to me these days.
So! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I will be making the infamous pink ribbon cookies available for only $12 a dozen.
All proceeds from the sale of these cookies between now and October 31st will be donated to a local Breast Cancer Awareness service organization in honor of those who fought a good fight, and for those who continue to fight today.
Call today to request your order by October 31st and help us celebrate the strong women in your life by giving a pink ribbon of goodness in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Owner, Georgann Churchya
Georgie’s Custom Catering
Twin Ports Region / MN & WI