by Rashida Willard, Executive Director
The first eighteen months of Provision Project have been remarkable because of supporters like you! Thanks to one of our committed donors, we are strengthening our infrastructure with a system that will allow us to communicate with you more. Look for regular newsletters like this one to learn how your generous donations are impacting women in active treatment for breast cancer.
It was around Christmas when I found the lump. I was 34 years young and enjoying the wonderful life I had. No one in my family had cancer, so I would be okay, right? The holidays were full of tests and pokes and doctors’ appointments (more…)
A huge THANK YOU to The Standard for hosting the 2016 Volunteer Fair. Provision Project’s Executive Director Rashida Willard and Treasurer Michelle LaLonde were privileged to be a part of the fair and met so many survivors and family of survivors! We appreciate everyone that stopped by to hear about all the great things Provision Project is doing and how you can help support our mission!
Mark your calendars! Provision Project is partnering with Fisher’s Landing Burgerville in Vancouver, Washington, on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
Burgerville is giving 10% of their profits from 5pm to 8pm to Provision Project to help provide financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer.
Please come out and have dinner, meet Provision Project staff, and enjoy a great night with us! The location is 16416 SE McGillivray Blvd, Vancouver, WA. We look forward to seeing you there!
Pinktober approaches. The country is about to go nuts for PINK.
Most women with breast cancer still seem to like or love pink. Many think of it as a color of honor. Of courage. Most are grateful for the embracing of pink, especially in October, because it means more women are getting mammograms and doing their self-exams. More women are being diagnosed early, which means lives are being saved.
Some women with breast cancer have fallen out of love with pink. Because it represents The Beast. It’s a constant reminder of the cancer that crept up on them and took over their life.
There seems to be an awareness growing, however, (more…)
Susie Turrey is a breast cancer survivor who wanted to share her breast cancer journey with us. We thank her for telling her story.
Susie writes, “My breast cancer journey was not only an emotional, physical and spiritual experience, it was a financial journey as well. I’ve written about my journey on my blog, but today I want to talk about the cost of cancer care, even with good insurance. Now that treatment’s almost a year ago, I can talk about money.”
Breast Cancer Journey: The Cost Of Cancer Care (more…)
by Jan James, Founder
On August 28, 2016, Provision Project hosted our first-ever “Bowling for Boobies” event in Mesa, AZ.
Volunteers got to the AMF Mesa Lanes early to help set up raffle prizes, prayer bears and “booby cupcakes,” all to help raise money for women in active treatment for breast cancer.
Then all of a sudden, it happened.
It was definitely an (more…)
Final post in a series on Life After Cancer.
by Lynne Hartke
When my husband was in college, he and a group of friends went spelunking in an undeveloped cave near Columbia, Missouri called Devil’s Icebox.
Unbeknownst to them, while they spent hours exploring the the 6.25 miles of underground passages, it had started raining. When they attempted to return to the entrance, through a narrow tunnel where they had to meander like snakes on their bellies, they noticed the water was rising.
The only place to gasp for air was when there was a break in the rocks in the ceiling. An air pocket. In the scramble to get out of the narrow section and save their lives, all the lights in their carbide head lamps got drenched.
Their lights extinguished.
Cancer does not only touch our lives. Cancer touches the lives of those closest to us. How to we handle the relationship challenges and losses? Continuing in a series on Life After Cancer.
by Lynne Hartke
“Will you die like Grandma?” my then-sixteen-year-old daughter asked when I told her I had breast cancer.
“One day [my son] saw me struggling to sit up,” Tina wrote about a time after her mastectomy. “I couldn’t hug him due to the pain. He stood against the wall, and I saw fear in his eyes. No child should ever have to fear the appearance of their mother… but there it was…that look of fear. Even as I write this, the tears start welling up.”
Cancer does not only touch our lives. Cancer touches the lives of those closest to us.
After cancer treatment, many survivors feel like a fish out of water, on the outside looking in, with emotions all over the place. How do you fit into life again? This is the third in a series on Life After Cancer.
by Lynne Hartke
“I had a wedding to attend in Las Vegas,” Denise wrote when I asked her about the emotional changes and losses of life after cancer. “I was determined to attend. The wedding was for a daughter of a dear childhood friend. The date was circled, labeled and engraved in stone. The good news is that I made it to the wedding, but it was a challenge. Probably more mental, than physical. I had about 1/4 inch of hair, boyish looking and the ugliest slate-gray EVER since I wasn’t allowed to color it yet.”
“I found a dress; it was okay, but having lost ten pounds [from treatment], I just didn’t even feel like I looked good at all! At the reception, I can remember feeling like a ‘fish out of water.’”