Susie’s Brave Journey and Boxing Gloves

Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I throw out a thread of something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life.

Author Susie Lindau
Susie Lindau

Today’s labyrinth is especially tangled because a woman I don’t know well discovered that she has a disease I know too well. Fellow author Susie Lindau was diagnosed with breast cancer. On Friday, she had a double mastectomy.

Whenever I hear of someone who has breast cancer, I get a lump the size of Texas in my throat. My grandmother had breast cancer and died of a metastases fifteen years later. My mother had breast cancer and is a survivor. My best friend of several years had breast cancer that moved into her bones and died at age 39. My co-teacher at church camp one year was diagnosed with breast cancer about a month after she went home and died a few years later. My friend from college fought breast cancer a few years ago and is a survivor.

Yeah, you can see why this touches my heart so much.

Susie Lindau decided to make her cancer and her surgery public–to chronicle the experience of breast cancer treatment. After reading only a few posts, I know that this is a woman with courage, a marvelous sense of humor, and a lot of fight in her. (Not to mention that she rocks the Calendar Girls/flower pot look.) My thoughts and prayers are with Susie as she takes her brave journey.

And my thoughts are with anyone else who has faced cancer. That diagnosis is something most people dread, and the treatment can be difficult and make you feel vulnerable as people poke, prod, cut, radiate, and drug your body. It takes a good bit of bravery and oomph to get in there and fight.

My best friend kept a pair of boxing gloves given to her during her cancer journey. It was a constant reminder to her to keep that fighting mentality, to go at the cancer with every ounce of will she had. Her life was extended for years by the excellent treatment she received and her indomitable spirit. She remains an inspiration to me.

My friend’s husband gave her closest friends their own matching pair of boxing gloves. They sit on a shelf right beside my writing desk. They remind me that we are all on journeys that require us to be brave and to fight.

Everlast mini boxing gloves

Maybe my fight won’t be cancer, but I take inspiration from the likes of my grandmother, my mother, my friends, and now Susie Lindau. Ladies, you inspire me. Thanks for donning the boxing gloves and getting in the ring.

If you want to know more about Susie’s journey, you can find her here. You can also send her well wishes on Twitter with the hashtag #SusieStrong. To make a donation to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, click here, or to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (which does a lot of breast cancer research), click here.

Now, as usual on Sundays, here’s my check-in for A Round of Words in 80 Days.

ROW80 Update

  • Read 8 fiction books. Done. Reading book #9 now (The Darkening by Myndi Shafer).
  • Read one craft book: Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson. Read three more chapters–halfway through.
  • Visit and comment on ROW80 blogs as a Round 2 sponsor. Done.
  • Finish writing GOOD & GUILTY, YA mysteryDone.
  • Complete first round of edits of GOOD & GUILTY. Actually I returned to my “Epic Failure” WIP (Sharing Hunter), and it’s going great with those edits. So I’m calling this a win.
  • Write one short storyFinished this week!
  • Edit two short stories–one needs a final polish, the other a full edit. Not yet.
  • Prepare for and attend DFW Conference in May.
  • Prepare for and attend Immersion Master Class with Margie Lawson in June. My preparation right now involves finishing the edit of Sharing Hunter.

How was your week? And who inspires you with their brave journey?

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