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Calling All Angels in Your Little Black Dresses



Photo–May 19, 2013 —“My friend, writer Susie Lindau, wrote a blog yesterday called The Boob Report – Roadblocks and U-Turns that caught me quite off guard. To my shock she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and life has “flicked her off the stage” as she said. The same words I heard years ago about a different part of my body were spoken to her in very much the same way.” Update- she not only survived but I cannot keep up with this woman.


It’s almost September 19, and Carleton Place’s Little Black Dress event is quickly approaching and it’s sold out. The organizers are looking forward to seeing everyone looking fabulous in their black dresses. Some of us don’t believe in little black dresses and have huge black dresses-so make a path for me. There is one name that always stands out for me about this event– Carol Dryburgh. She is a force to be reckoned with and kicks cancer in the butt each time she speaks about it.

It is no secret that I have lost each and every family member to cancer. I am the last one standing and figure I am here for one reason or another. (discuss among yourselves) I have also been a caretaker a few times and written a book about it. Most people don’t understand what the journey is like to take care of someone with cancer. When someone has it the whole family and everyone who loves them does too.

Max Keeping once told me cancer was nothing but a bully. You never really lose to the word cancer. The word after all is just a word, not a sentence. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live. Carol Dryburgh is that example, and if you could not get a ticket to this years — there is always next year. Donate donate donate! I am sure she is still looking for door prizes!

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

To my friend Heather Curry Whiting- the strongest person I know.

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