#MyLeftBoob #Chemo Day 49 – Angels on Earth

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Fighting cancer truly takes a small army and thankfully my amazing army is comprised of some of the sweetest angels on earth. From the doctors, nurses, volunteers and receptionists at the hospital, to volunteers with The SCOTTY Fund who prepare meals and drop off gifts cards and flowers, I am surrounded  by angels and blessings and I’m so grateful.

From the moment I walked into our local hospital, I felt welcomed. All of the smiling receptionists greeted me so warmly and, after telling my story, one blessed me with a “random act of kindness” bag that included a hand-knit blanket, toiletries, a scarf and some other goodies to make my chemo treatments more comfortable. It is that personal touch as to why I chose to be treatment at my local hospital. I am grateful for the second opinion at the “big” cancer center, but when going through something this intense you want to be able to speak to a doctor and/or nurse quickly and feel a more personal touch.

I felt peace in my heart after getting the second opinion because it lined up exactly with what my local doctor recommended.

We have gotten so many donations, house cleanings from The Maids of Brookfield’s Cleaning for a Reason, free therapeutic massage from Laura Skutch, LMT from Norwalk and so many more I am forgetting blame it on chemo brain. THANK YOU!

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But a group of special angels I want to highlight today are two amazing organizations I am a part of, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) and the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center (GDICC). These two organizations have rallied together to do not one, but two separate fundraisers to help our family with our medical bills and we are so grateful.

According to LadiesAOH.com, the LAOH is a “sisterhood of Irish and Irish-American, Catholic women, a National organization officially recognized in 1894 as the “Daughters of Erin.” The Ladies AOH motto is “Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.”

I first became involved a few years back after going to the cultural center for karaoke nights and other social events. After getting to know some of the members and learn about their mission and values, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  The members have been so incredibly supportive throughout my breast cancer battle, sending cards, well wishes and emails of support. Some of my Ladies Hibernian sisters have been through this journey themselves and know firsthand how hard it can be,

I am so grateful for the love, generosity and support I’ve received from the GDICC the LAOH and all of the other wonderful angels on earth who lift me up daily.

I’ve been doing okay this week now that I’m done with the Adriamycin and Cytoxan, but the last few days were tough as far as tiredness, nausea and other side effects go. But who wants to hear about that? Not me!  Thankfully I had the week off from work to recuperate. I’m halfway done with chemo and have 4 more Taxol to go!

This is a very busy weekend. We have a huge Relay for Life fundraiser on Saturday, click here for details, and my daughter’s confirmation and party is on Sunday. I think I’ll need to sleep a week to recover!

Thank you to all of my angels on earth and everyone for all of your love and support. It is because of amazing people like you that I can stay focused and positive.

To donate to my breast cancer battle on GoFundMe, please click here.

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