Inspired – Elly Mayday

I recently had an article shared with me about a Canadian model named Elly Mayday and her battle with Ovarian Cancer. The article talked about how one of the companies she is working with handled it (which I give them a HUGE kudos for) as well as about Elly and how she is facing everything herself. That article can be featured HERE.

I know I sometimes take my time between posts on here, but when something like this comes up, something truly inspirational, I have to drop everything and share it with the rest of you! I know when I was going through treatment and decided to keep working people couldn’t wrap their head around it. It was hard to explain that to me it was a matter of not letting Cancer win, not letting it change my life or my day to day routine. At the time I hadn’t heard much about Ovarian Cancer at all, let alone about others fighting the disease.

Reading this article brought me back to that stage, to those thoughts and to figuring out what was going to work for me through treatment. Elly is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL person inside and out, and I am so happy to see that she’s not letting Cancer hold her back or steal any of that from her! Following along on her Facebook page (HERE) I have had a chance to not only see her beautiful photos, but to see her her smile throughout everything.

She asked on her Facebook page for her fans to write her snailmail if they want to reach out to her right now, and I am going to do that for sure, but I also wanted to put a little shout out on here. Elly Mayday you are an inspriation to many. Thank you for standing up, sharing your story and helping to get the word out on a disease that is WAY too often forgotten about, swept under the rug and ignored!

I should also add before finishing this blog up that I want to give a huge shoutout as well to the company mentioned in the above link, Forever Yours Lingerie who not only has stood by Elly Mayday through this battle, but is doing their own part to put this disease out there to remind everyone that it IS a concern and we SHOULD be aware!

Getting the Word Out!

Although the attention is still somewhat weird to me, I still haven’t been able to get used to it, I am so excited to see yet another example of publicity coming to the cause! This month Best Health Magazine has featured a handful of the climbers from our expedition! 

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The focus of this article is on the preparations that each of us made to physically get ready for the climb. Each of the women interviewed talks about the challenge that we took in doing this, and how we got ourselves into shape to do it. It discusses how much each of us raised as well as a mention of the cause itself. 

I am SO happy to see that months after our expedition we are still seeing attention brought to the cause from this! For every person I see mention the climb and the cause it makes the whole preparation and the climb all worth it all over again! 

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If you can get your hands on the magazine check it out! Its on shelves now – We just saw it out at our local Shoppers Drug Mart! 

Christmas Update!

Well the Christmas season certainly seems to have an effect on my blogging… it keeps me away from the computer so much that you’d think I vanished off the face of the earth! With making homemade gifts, shopping, wrapping, Christmas parties, Christmas movies, getting together with friends/family…. We’re definitely super busy this time of year! All for great reasons!

I know I have referenced on here that I belong to an online group of women I met during wedding planning. The ‘September 2012 Wives’ (we all got married Sept 2012 which is how we came together) are still a community growing strong, supporting each other through the ups and downs of married life, and I am SO thankful for them! Well this year for Christmas we opted to do an ornament exchange and I got some GORGEOUS ornaments back. There was one set though that I wanted to draw attention to on here considering the main focus of this blog…

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Are they not gorgeous? What a beautiful way to commemorate the year we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Canada! We have been talking about getting a real tree next year (I always had one growing up) and these ornaments sparked the idea of what I’m going to do with our little 4 1/2 foot tree… I think I am going to watch the sales after Christmas and decorate myself a teal and silver tree! It will be SO perfect for our house!

To continue on the update, my work Christmas party was last weekend. We got quite the storm here Friday night into Saturday and Saturday was the party…. Stories all over the news made it clear that the roads weren’t pretty, with accidents everywhere. The ride in that normally would have been 1/2 an hour tops took over an hour, and we even had sections of the drive where we weren’t positive we were even on the road (it was just a big blanket of white before us) but a ton of people still made it there for a great evening of music, food, and good company.

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Besides that it has been a busy, busy time getting all our gifts together. The UPS man showed up last night with a special gift we had ordered for our God Daughter which then prompted a trip to finish shopping for all the kids in the family – a big feat in itself! I still have some homemade gifts to finish, and a couple more gifts to buy for some of the adults, but we’re SO close now… Which is good because we’re quickly running out of time!

Let the race against time begin….

A Few Pictures…

I just wanted to take a moment to share a few pictures as I had promised! We will be holding a fundraising event here including a slideshow so we aren’t releasing a ton of pictures online until after that, but wanted to share a few for now! We will share many more in the future (took over 300)!

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This is the full group of us all ready to go to the Expedition, including our guide Macon!

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Climbing together, making our way up the mountain.

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Almost there, and we can see the top as we climb. So blessed to have the chance to face yet another challenge in life with my best friend by my side! (He was by my side right through my treatment too)

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Reached the summit! Standing at the Uhuru Peak sign with the banner signed by all our supporters. Thank you SO much to everyone that has has supported us financially, mentally, emotionally, etc as we spent nearly a year preparing for this moment! The group is ALMOST at our fundraising goal and with final celebration events being planned I know we’re going to reach it!