Monday, January 30, 2012

The Day That Changed My Life - Cancer Schmancer

Fran Drescher actress and author of the best selling book Cancer Schmancer is a uterine cancer survivor who was finally diagnosed after seeing eight doctors during a course of two years. Although she adds humor with her delivery, she takes on a serious mission to advocate on behalf of women. The Cancer Schmancer Foundation was founded to help promote awareness and life saving tests to women who cannot afford healthcare. The mission to educate and empower women to have a strong role in discussing their health with the doctors is one that Ms. Drescher takes very seriously and it shows.

While each journey is unique, we all share a common theme - cancer changes our lives forever.

Be sure to pass this on - someone that you know may know someone who needs to see this :-)

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Day That Changed My Life - Wit

We're so excited to see that Wit is coming to Broadway starring Tony and Emmy award winning actress Cynthia Nixon. This play was written by Margaret Edson and won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999. It explores the journey of an English Professor Dr. Vivian Bearing who is diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.

According to this synopsis, Vivian recalls undergoing tests by various medical technicians and being the subject of grand rounds. She remembers sharing a love of language and books with her father. She flashes back to her experiences as a student of Dr E. M. Ashford, an expert on John Donne. Bearing later finds herself under the care of Dr Jason Posner, an oncology research fellow who has taken her class on John Donne. At the hospital, she recognizes that doctors are interested in her for her research value and, like her, tend to ignore humanity in favor of knowledge. Gradually, she realizes that she would prefer kindness to intellectualism.
Vivian reaches the end stage in extreme pain as Susie Monahan, a nurse at the medical centre, offers Vivian compassion and discusses with her the option of exercising her final option, "do not resuscitate" (DNR), in case of a severe decline in her condition. Vivian decides to mark the DNR option. Dr Ashford, in town for her great-grandson's birthday, visits the hospital after learning of Vivian's cancer. She comforts her and offers to read a Donne sonnet, but Vivian, scarcely conscious, declines. Instead, Ashford reads from Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny, which she had bought for her great-grandson.
When Vivian flatlines, Jason tries to resuscitate her, and calls in a medical team to administer CPR. Susie tries to stop him, pointing out the DNR instruction. Jason eventually realizes his mistake and calls for the CPR team to stop. The play ends as Vivian, unclothed after her death, walks from her hospital bed "toward a little light".

As we prepare to return to the stage, we are most excited about Wit! Get your tickets, we are :-)

While each journey is unique, we all share a common theme - cancer changes our lives forever.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Day That Changed My Life - Letters to My Cancer

Do you remember the song?

♪♪You take the good ♪♪
♪You take the bad ♪
♪You take them both and there you have♪
♪The facts of life ♪♪

This week we feature Kathleen Krider's journey "Letters to My Cancer." The journey is mixed with anger, humor and the delivery is straight forward.

While each journey is unique, we all share a common theme cancer changes our lives forever.

Don't forget to share this with others. Someone of someone you know may need to see this :-)

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Day That Changed My Life - Hodgkins Lymphoma

The journey is never easy. It is one that is uncertain and that alone can be quite shocking and scary.

Kat learned that she had Hodgkins lymphoma and as she shares her journey, she is clear on how she wants to be treated during the process.

While each journey is unique, we all share a common theme cancer changes our lives forever....

As we continue to share the journey of those who have been touched by cancer, we ask that you share with others. Someone you know, may know someone who needs to be encouraged.

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Day That Changed My Life - It's A New Year and We're Happy!!

We're three days in 2012 and we're so excited!!

The Day That Changed My Life will be on the move this year. We have quite a bit on the must be done list and we are looking forward to your continued support and being a part of our journey this year.

Here's what we have planned:

* Our very own The Day That Changed My Life team for the Revlon Run/Walk this spring
* Filming of the documentary - exploring the lives of those touched by cancer
* The return of the Off Broadway Play late summer early Fall 2012 (TBD)

We will continue to keep you updated and we invite you to be a part of our Revlon Run/Walk Team in New York City this spring. Don't forget to spread the word!