Thursday, September 13, 2007

I'm fighting back... would you care to join me?

So, today I feel a bit empowered. Allow me to share my thoughts with you.

I spent quite a few hours today getting geared up for this upcoming Relay season, working on a special project that most of you probably already know about, and trying to find a way to get more involved with Bonnie and the crew down in San Fran. I love my job, don't get me wrong, but it is certainly not something I am passionate about. A few years ago maybe, but not now. I have no doubt that I am at my best when my email is blowing up with messages, my phone is ringing off the hook, and my brain is moving a mile a minute trying to see the big picture. It is in that state of mind when hours fly by, lots of projects are accomplished, and the big picture slowly comes together. There are so many ways to make a difference in this world and I intend to leave a mark or two on it.

After work I stopped by mom and dad's to see the family and check out this "Wii" game mom has been talking about. For those of you who don't know what it is (I have received a few questions from people wondering what the heck Dor was talking about), it is a video game system that is interactive. I was sceptical at first. I mean, since when do my parents play video games? When I got to their house mom was cooking and dad was watching a college football game. Mom's attention span was that of a 12 year old the second I walked in the door. Noodles were boiling over on the stove and dad got kicked off the big screen tv so she could show Angie and I how to wii. I have to admit, I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. The kind of laughing where you stomach hurts and you are afraid to drink anything for fear of spitting it all over the livin groom in laughter. I'm not great at the bowling game but I think I might be a force to reckon with on the boxing. :) I'm undefeated and I intend to keep it that way. I might want to "Wii-tire" right now to ensure my spot at the top of the family boxing list.

I was having a discussion with an acquaintance today while working on all of the planning and projects I've got going on. She said it's great that I never stop, and how it is impressive that I continue to look for a way to get involved in cancer related projects when I already have too much on my plate. I guess I don't see it as an option. How can I not? It is the reason my life has completely changed. It is the reason for my tears. I might not see a cure for cancer in my lifetime but I fully expect to see one soon after and I intend to have a little something to do with that. I told the woman today, "I guess when it comes to finding a cure.... if you're not part of the solution maybe you're part of the problem." Sure, we all have different organizations that we support for our own reasons, but really... how can someone look at cancer... the national epidemic that it is.... and not think we are in need of supporting the researchers to find a cure?

Of course I do what I can to help, as do many of you. I refuse to sit here and do nothing. I refuse to only be sad. As easy as it would be to do exactly that. I'm on a mission to FIGHT BACK. This is not Ok. Watching my parents go thru what they are going thru on a daily basis... it's not Ok. Have cancer take so many of the ones we love... it's not Ok. So, for those of you who wonder how I do it, or why I refuse to stop.... this is nothing compared to what my parents do on a daily basis. Am I crazy? Maybe. All I know is that I refuse to stop when we've got work to do.

On a mission and Fighting Back-



Christie said...


I met your wonderful daughters in Reno and I have been reading your blog at work everyday trying to get caught up to date(shhh don't tell my boss). I just got caught up today. If you get a chance, I know you are a busy woman, I would like for you to read my last post in my blog. I could write everything I wanted to write here so I wrote in my blog. Thank you for everything.
Christie Saffel
Team Development Chair
Relay for Life of Tempe

Anonymous said...


I want to help. Email me at or my work number during the day is 360-618-6401.

Sandie Cooper