Lose Yourself – Eminem, 8 Mile Soundtrack
8 years ago I went from young healthcare professional to young brain tumor patient/survivor. I’m now a “seasoned” brain tumor thriver. In the past 8 years, so many incredible people have walked into my life. On the flip side, so many have graced me with their presence before “resting” from their epic battle with tumors/cancer. Prior to my diagnosis, I was very lucky that my life was relatively free from death and loss. Sadly, as I get more involved in tumor/cancer advocacy I’m becoming more familiar with the loss of life. The loss of my first friend to these diseases 7 years ago is still very fresh in my mind, but I like to think that we made our situations easier for each other to handle. A brush with mortality puts a lot of things in perspective and makes you take a closer look at the people closest to you. We have a strong community of survivors and loved ones in San Diego.
Whenever someone new steps into our circle, it is very easy to bond over our shared experiences. They immediately become part of “the family.” It’s kinda funny though, most of the time we hangout we hardly ever talk about our health issues. It is so cool meeting people that understand. It connects us. Traumatic situations have a tendency to bring people together. The people around us respond by: Stepping Up, Stepping In, or Stepping out. The people that step up for us or step in to help us deserve recognition. Last week, we had an event in San Diego, CA USA to honor these people and celebrate another year of life together! Many of the people who were there for us (family, friends) get lost amidst the craziness of a tumor/cancer diagnosis while all the focus is on us. We wanted to have an event to formally recognize those special people that were there for us. It was a fun night! This year we had some assistance recording interviews. IT WAS GREAT TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND RECONNECT WITH OLD FRIENDS ON THIS NIGHT TO CELEBRATE LIFE!
In a couple weeks, mAss Kickers Foundation will have a table at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. We are teaming with A3M on a minority bone marrow registry match drive. It should be fun! We’re going to put a unique spin on things… Stay tuned…