Cuddledown Life

Smiling in the Face of Adversity…

October 6, 2010 by
 Who has not been touched by cancer?  I would venture further and say that most people I know have intimate and multiple relationships with the rotten killer via family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  My sister lost her 10 year battle with cancer in 2001.  I miss her every day.  What a beautiful spirit she was and will always be in my life.  Her extended battle included 3 rounds of chemotherapy (only to be told she was cancer free after each one) and 3 rounds of radiation (that left her with permanent health problems for the remainder of her short life), and, finally, a bone marrow transplant that bought her the years she so desperately wanted so that she could see her two wonderful boys graduate from high school and move on to college. Eventually, she was even able to be at her eldest’s wedding; a gift for sure.  Enough.   

The point is that the experience is wrenching and no more wrenching than when we are in the midst of it.  I remember vividly the confusion and difficulty we had getting answers and finding resources to help our family through the tangled maze of cancer treatments and doctors.  Emotions ran high and low, and low, and lower, then high again.  It was draining to say the least.   

Last weekend our team participated in the Dempsey Challenge to support the work at The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.  The first paragraph of their mission states:  

The mission of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing is to provide the highest quality of education, support and wellness services to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities touched by cancer. We strive to embrace the whole person including body, mind and spirit in a respectful, inclusive and healing environment.  

Oh, how I wish places like this existed just 20 years ago!  

I am so proud to be a small part of such a tremendous group of people.  Together, our little team raised almost $6,000!  A nice contribution to the 1 million plus collected overall.  I am humbled to recognize the Cuddledown team members that participated, cheered, and supported the effort.  I’m safe to say, and the picture attests, all rode with a smile on their faces (or a grimace…depending on the incline of the hill they were climbing!)  

So here’s a cheer for Amanda! Chris! Gerhard! Michelle! Laura! Nina! Rebecca! Wanda! Jacob! And Danielle!!  YEA!!  And a special thanks to their families and friends who joined in and/or stood out in the chill to cheer them on! I’m forgetting someone I’m sure…probably you…because, honestly, I think I’m safe to say we are all contributing what we can.  Maybe you’re not up here in Maine…but I’m sure you’re participating in and supporting the fight, too.   

We will ride another day, so next year, when the challenge comes around

…let’s do it again!   


Allie 1951 – 2001

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