While I was in Anchorage with an amazing group of people from all over Alaska – from Ketchikan to Nome for Relay For Life Summit, planning for the 2013 Relay For Life’s, Bill was able to snap this great photo of the Big Dipper and Our Alaska State Flag over the mountains outside our house. What a delightful show, in contrast to the floods we had endured for the week(s) before. (See prior blog)
But Alaskans are resilient, and the second cutting of hay is down, and we will venture out to find if we can discover the “new” Care’s Corner. It has been as busy week – as October usually is, with the Fashion Show at the Anchorage Museum with cancer survivors as models -see AK Radiology FB page for photos of that and photos of First Friday Photos where several of us survivors were showcased. Then I got to do a video for our semi-pro hockey team “Paint the Rink Pink”. I also received my ‘official’ 2013 Hero of Hope Award at Summit – a beautiful Tiffany inscribed piece, especially special as this is the celebration of the American Cancer Society’s 100th Anniversary.
This is also the time for my yearly follow-ups, and I am excited to share that I am proving doctors and statistics wrong, and still in that 1-4% living with stage 3-4 colon cancer. I will now deal with the chemo induced vision loss (I’ve lost about 1/2 my vision) and will not only get new glasses (WHAT? I won’t have to have the computer at 150%!!) But I will also have surgery in November to try to stop the progression of the vision loss. The outlook is good – stay tuned!!
Have a blessed and wonderful fall, celebrating all that we have to be thankful for!
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.