It's been almost nine years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The difficult memories of surgery, chemo, radiation, the death of my parents and divorce have finally faded into the background of my mind. My new life has been an amazing collection of experiences, love and creativity and I am reminded daily to be grateful for another chance to live.
Several months ago I started Thousand Cranes for Hope where I fold and string cranes along with friends and send them to people who are facing serious life and health challenges. So far, we have made twelve sets of one hundred cranes and have given them to children and adults all over the country and the list of recipients continues to grow.
This project has given immense joy and has brought new friends and good memories. I found that life is much sweeter when it is lived in the spirit of giving and with Thousand Cranes for Hope I can give back what was freely given to me.
I have lost a few friends these past nine years who fought the battle but didn't survive and life went on without them. I realize how fortunate I am to be alive and I do not want to waste the gift of a second chance. I will never forget where I came from and will not take for granted what I have today. So I dedicate a Thousand Cranes for Hope to their memory. Rest in Peace my warrior friends.