For as far back as I can recall, I have always wanted a sister. And when MammaMia was all set to add to the brood when I was five years old, I just knew my wish had come true. Mom did come home from the hospital months later with a bouncing baby... boy. He was adorable and everything you would hope for.. except he was a HE. I called him "my sister" for months. I figured saying it often enough would transform him into a she. It never happened. It wasn't meant to be.
Me and LilBro, circa 1980
Shortly after my cancer diagnosis ten years ago, three other survivors and I sat down and got down to business. Together we made one vow: that we would not let the next woman go through breast cancer in shame or alone.
And ever so slowly I began to understand. The sisters came in due time. I asked for one, but today I have a little under a hundred of the most beautiful, most courageous sisters. I never stopped praying. Someone Up There never stopped listening.
Meet my other family. My sisters:
And now...for the shameless plug. A little project I've been working on: The Gift that Gives Back.
Help a breast cancer patient live through another Christmas. Give your loved ones the ICanServe Christmas Calendar Donation Card and you gift a family with their cherished mother, daughter, sister or friend come the holiday season.
Inside text explains that instead of a gift, you, the giver, have made a donation in their name. With your purchase of each card, you are sharing your commitment with the foundation and help subsidize cancer patients on treatment.
A minimum donation of P150 per card is requested. For orders call ICS office at 632.6365578 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on ICanServe Foundation, click right here.