THRIVERS CELEBRATE LIFE There was a special sisterhood and immediate common bond of breast cancer we all shared that special day when we gathered at my home to celebrate life. Eighteen beautiful women, some in treatment, some in remission, were pampered and made to feel beautiful to be photographed for the pages of this issue. It was a very long anticipated day of celebration after generous salons and make-up artists had pampered our women, fashion stores had helped select just the right look and our committee was there to make it a very special memorable day. We enjoyed mimosas as we danced and cheered each woman being photographed. We all celebrated being women, shared stories, supported each other, laughed and offered hope and encouragement. Our special bond was evident; we had gathered to celebrate the preciousness of life. Each year Style invites breast cancer survivors to share with us their story - the challenges, the heartaches, and the victories of their diagnosis and treatment journey. These women are all ages, all stages, and of all backgrounds. Despite these differences, they had one thing in common: they had all encountered breast cancer and as survivors now had a deeper appreciation of life. Some of the women were still in treatment, some just starting to recover, and others already victorious over cancer and leading a normal life. But one thing for sure, each of these women were changed forever and their lives would never be the same. As you read their stories, you’ll see how these women confronted their challenges, faced
their fears and gathered their strength through their tears and heartaches to move forward and survive. These women are courageous, strong, positive, inspirational, loving and, most of all, are living with a new appreciation for each day and with a new set of priorities. Thank you to each of these awesome women for openly sharing their own personal story. May their stories uplift, empower and encourage any newly diagnosed woman and give her inspiration courage and hope. Most of our survivor stories speak about the deep gratitude they have for their faith, families and friends who provided them enormous support and encouragement to endure their journey. Although our focus in this issue is women, it is important for men to realize that they aren’t immune to breast cancer. And for that awareness, we want you to be sure to read “Women Aren’t the Only Ones” to learn of a local man who fought breast cancer and won. Early diagnosis is key for the best outcomes. Since mammography is key to diagnosing breast cancer, please read the good news about Banner Health bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to Fort Collins. Read “New 3D Mammography at Banner Health.” Over the years I have openly shared my personal journey with breast cancer. Through it I found my passion was to help women faced with this same diagnosis. In 2001 I started a not-for-profit, Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center whose mission is to help women in Northern Colorado who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, as a 16-year survivor myself, I am passionate about serving these women through our Complementary Care Program which provides free services to improve healing, recovery and quality of life during treatment and for six months after. Since inception, Hope Lives! has offered free services to over 750 women equaling over $400,000 in Northern Colorado. Services such as free wigs, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, lymphedema massage, couples counseling, and lifestyle support such as house cleaning, errand assistance, pet care and more. These services are generally not covered by insurance but are extremely important to improve a woman’s emotional, psychological, and physical healing and recovery during treatment. Hope Lives! could not provide their important services without the generous support of our Northern Colorado communities. Every year, the annual Hope Lives! Celebrating Life in the Pink Benefit Gala brings together people from our communities to celebrate life and raise money to provide funds for women in Northern Colorado diagnosed with breast cancer. This year the 17th Annual Gala will be held October 21st at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Loveland. Individual tickets and corporate table sponsorships are still available. I invite you to join
us and our entertaining emcee Reggie Rivers (former Bronco running back) for this fun and inspirational evening of surprise entertainment, live band and dancing, gourmet dinner, survivor fashion show, silent auction, fun live auction and more. Tickets are available online at hopelives.org. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-225-6200. I deeply appreciate the kindness and support of those individuals and businesses who contribute services, donate, sponsor and volunteer to help this worthwhile cause. I thank you, as do the women we serve. We will continue to help these women and support this cause until a cure is found. We hope you have enjoyed our neighborhood series of articles. This issue features “Mariana Butte, Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods” in Loveland. It is a beautiful area with amazing views, great golf, and a family friendly trail system. Residential building is continuing to boom in Northern Colorado. Be sure to look at this issue's featured builder in “Design Diversity Offered by Naturecraft Custom Homes.” Travis builds throughout the region and his quality, design and interesting use of natural materials make his homes unique. Be sure to make your vote count and take a few minutes to vote for your favorites in business in our fourth annual “Best of Style” online at bos2017now.com. Voting continues through October 15th and results will be revealed in our December issue of Style. In good health,
Thanks to the awesome Hope Lives 2017 model committee!
Published on Aug 31, 2017