04 FebDaffodils make me smile!

I remember it as if it was yesterday.  I hear that a lot from fellow cancer survivors.  It is like it was yesterday and a million years ago all at the same time.  A hard concept to understand, but one anyone who has gone through a difficult journey understands, regardless of the disease or situation.

So when I meet people who have joined the cancer club I automatically bond with them and think back to four years ago.  I was about half way through my chemo, lost my hair and facing radiation and a year’s worth of the intravenous drug Herceptin.  My life was in turmoil, but I was doing my best to make it normal, only through the love and support of God, my husband, family and friends.  Normal has a new meaning to anyone who has this experience.

And then something good and unexpected happens to change things and help the healing.

One day in mid-March, I was walking out of my radiation treatment at Abbott Northwestern.  I was handed a beautiful bunch of daffodils in a vase.  Really, for me, I asked?  And they told me that the American Cancer Society held a fundraiser called Daffodil Days and some people anonymously donated $25 so I and all cancer patients could have a day full of hope.   Well, I am sure you can imagine my appreciation to be able to come home with a beautiful reminder that I will get through this journey.

Fast forward to February of 2012 and I now work for the American Cancer Society and am promoting the pre-sales of daffodils through February 17.   I now know how hard volunteers are out there right now promoting Daffodil Days  so that the week of March 12 they can change the life of someone going through this difficult journey.  They also can be enjoyed for yourself, friends, family neighbors, co-workers and clients.

Who doesn’t want to be cheered up with bright yellow flowers in March?

If you are interested in helping out by volunteering or just want to purchase daffodils yourself, let me know at 725-426-5448 or kellie.burrows@cancer.org.


One Response to “Daffodils make me smile!”

  1. Laurie says:

    Kellie, I too remember my suprise Gift of Hope bouquet. Thinking of them brings a smile to my face at how far a survivor has come and how much that small bouquet means when battling cancer- even 8 years later!

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