She who inspires!
This award is presented in honor of Renee, not the JunkQueen but a woman fighting stage 4 breast cancer. It was created by Renee's friends Bella and Ces, to be given to people who inspire us, who help us grow into who we are today and will be tomorrow.
Here's what they have to say about their friend:
"Renee is one human being who has made such a difference in the lives of many just by being. Her honesty, wit, intelligence, and grit are a tremendous source of inspiration. She can elicit raucous laughter and guffaws in her banter, and then turn right around and offer the most heartfelt, gentle words of wisdom and emotional support. She is a spreader of love, simple and true. And her love is infectious."
Now I'm suppose to turn around and present this award to eight blogging friends who have inspired me. Instead, I'm awarding eight of these awards to my own sister!
Or fifty of them. Or maybe a hundred of them. She deserves them all!
Sis has stage 4 ovarian cancer. She's had it off and on (mostly on) for TWELVE YEARS. This Friday she will once again stick her hands and feet into ice for three hours as a potent poison drips into her body.
If I haven't lost count, this is the seventh type of chemo Sis has received, plus radiation and multiple surgeries. Yet I've never talked to her when she was down. Throwing up, yes. In bed so weak she couldn't lift a book, yes. But feeling sorry for herself? Never. In a bad mood? Never.
Sis is a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who is battling a disease that scientists are slowly conquering. In ten years, she feels woman will have more options against all types of cancers.
But that's in ten years. Sis, though, is determined to be around to see that happen, to watch her grandchildren graduate and marry and become mothers themselves.
I told her once that I admired her. She replied "Why? It's not like I have a choice."
But she does have a choice. In her circumstances, she could be a grumpy, bitchy, and demoralized human being. Instead, she's a joy and an inspiration to be around.
I love ya, Sis!