First Relay of Life tomorrow

tommaseena
tommaseena Member Posts: 1,769
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
I will be participating in my first Relay of Life tomorrow (6/19).
Jake and my mother will be there to walk with me in the first lap.
I will be so proud to be a part of this.
I know others on this board have participated in their local areas and have written what an experience it was for them. I hope my experience is as wonderful as theirs were.

Hugs,
Margo
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  • Aortus
    Aortus Member Posts: 967
    Enjoy, Margo!
    This will indeed be a wonderful experience for you - and for your mom and for Jake too! Remember to take it easy on yourself: you will have many, many more of these to walk in over the decades to come.
  • taleena
    taleena Member Posts: 1,612 Member
    Enjoy... but I concur...
    Enjoy... but I concur... take it easy.. don't over do it... and you go girl!!

    ~T
  • Bill.S
    Bill.S Member Posts: 177
    My first Relay was one of the BEST experiences I have ever had and certanly the very best since being DX with BC.
    ENJOY- Take is easy- It is not a race.
    Bill S
  • jakeca
    jakeca Member Posts: 92
    I don't know
    Am I the only one who has reservations about doing the Relay for Life? My husband and I have attended for several years. We enjoyed cheering the survivors on the walk. We enjoyed the entertainment, inspiring stories, food--everything. Now this year, it's all different.

    First of all, I know I can't make that lap without blubbering like a baby and I HATE crying in public. Secondly, I know I am considered a survivor, but I don't feel like one yet. I would at least like to have one year under my belt before I declare myself a survivor.

    I know I should be there to lend my support to other cancer "survivors" but I just don't think I'm ready.
  • padee6339
    padee6339 Member Posts: 763
    jakeca said:

    I don't know
    Am I the only one who has reservations about doing the Relay for Life? My husband and I have attended for several years. We enjoyed cheering the survivors on the walk. We enjoyed the entertainment, inspiring stories, food--everything. Now this year, it's all different.

    First of all, I know I can't make that lap without blubbering like a baby and I HATE crying in public. Secondly, I know I am considered a survivor, but I don't feel like one yet. I would at least like to have one year under my belt before I declare myself a survivor.

    I know I should be there to lend my support to other cancer "survivors" but I just don't think I'm ready.

    Missed Mine
    Our town had their Relay last Saturday. I had signed on as a member of my church's team. I had volunteered to get there early and help set up. I was gung-ho on being there and being a part of the team. Then Saturday morning arrived and I got cold feet. I know exactly how you feel. I only just finished treatments last week and am still tired. I called the team leader and gave her some cockamamey story about the doctor telling me its too soon. The real reason was, I was just not ready. I don't know how I could have or would have handled it. It sounded like so much fun with the different relays, the bands, cheerleaders and parade, but I just didn't want to face it. I guess its normal now, but the next day I told my team leader the truth. She was very understanding, and invited me to join next years. She gave me my T-shirt, and I will wear it proudly, without my wig on too! Don't feel bad, I did and know that I will be there to be at the Relay next year, and so will you!
  • The1percen
    The1percen Member Posts: 135
    jakeca said:

    I don't know
    Am I the only one who has reservations about doing the Relay for Life? My husband and I have attended for several years. We enjoyed cheering the survivors on the walk. We enjoyed the entertainment, inspiring stories, food--everything. Now this year, it's all different.

    First of all, I know I can't make that lap without blubbering like a baby and I HATE crying in public. Secondly, I know I am considered a survivor, but I don't feel like one yet. I would at least like to have one year under my belt before I declare myself a survivor.

    I know I should be there to lend my support to other cancer "survivors" but I just don't think I'm ready.

    you wouldn't alone!
    I have walked in 3 Relays and before this year I really didn't "get-it" Yes, I would see people crying and other cheering. It is a very emotional experience. This year was awesome. I cried for the first time there and I wasn't the only one. I have met SO MANY wonderful survivors there! Even people in my "position". It is such a worth while experience! I would urge everyone to even just attend the ceremonies.
    Mike
  • Christmas Girl
    Christmas Girl Member Posts: 3,682 Member
    You GO girl! :-)
    Awesome, Margo! I'm sure it will be an empowering experience for you. And, really inspiring for Jake and your Mom, too.

    I'll be hoping that your first Relay for Life tomorrow will instill a tremendous amount of HOPE for all of you!

    Will be looking forward to your thread - telling us all about it - afterwards.

    And as a fellow cancer survivor - thank you.

    Kind regards, Susan

    P.S.: And, hoping for NO RAIN! :-)
  • Akiss4me
    Akiss4me Member Posts: 2,188
    Margo...
    That is great! I am looking forward to doing one after my treatments are over but I need to get in shape first. I can't make it to the end of my street!! :) Pammy
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    Congratulations
    I think it's wonderful that you're doing this, Margo. I hope the experience is all that you want it to be.

    RE: people's concerns about not being ready. I totally understand that. I haven't done one yet and I have wondered why. I finally figured out that I don't really like the idea of people cheering for the survivors. Is that weird or what? It sounds like a wonderful event and maybe one day I will make it, too.

    Have fun, Margo.

    Mimi
  • JoMama54
    JoMama54 Member Posts: 78
    jakeca said:

    I don't know
    Am I the only one who has reservations about doing the Relay for Life? My husband and I have attended for several years. We enjoyed cheering the survivors on the walk. We enjoyed the entertainment, inspiring stories, food--everything. Now this year, it's all different.

    First of all, I know I can't make that lap without blubbering like a baby and I HATE crying in public. Secondly, I know I am considered a survivor, but I don't feel like one yet. I would at least like to have one year under my belt before I declare myself a survivor.

    I know I should be there to lend my support to other cancer "survivors" but I just don't think I'm ready.

    Feel the same way.
    jakeca............I feel the same way as you!
    JoMama
  • Alexis F
    Alexis F Member Posts: 3,598
    mimivac said:

    Congratulations
    I think it's wonderful that you're doing this, Margo. I hope the experience is all that you want it to be.

    RE: people's concerns about not being ready. I totally understand that. I haven't done one yet and I have wondered why. I finally figured out that I don't really like the idea of people cheering for the survivors. Is that weird or what? It sounds like a wonderful event and maybe one day I will make it, too.

    Have fun, Margo.

    Mimi

    Have fun Margo and Enjoy it!
    Have fun Margo and Enjoy it!
  • Jeanne D
    Jeanne D Member Posts: 1,867
    Alexis F said:

    Have fun Margo and Enjoy it!
    Have fun Margo and Enjoy it!

    Margo
    Margo, enjoy your Relay for Life! This year was my first one and I HAD to

    go, being they named a team after me. I have posted pics of it on my Expressions Page, if

    you want to see. It is a moving experience, one that I will not forget. You will love it!

    Love, Jeanne
  • rjjj
    rjjj Member Posts: 1,822 Member
    MARGO
    You make us proud Margo..just as i'm sure your mom and Jake will be also! I know your experience will be wonderful. Take pic.'s for us OK?

    I can't wait to do one but haven't had the chance yet. I haven't found one yet in my area. I think most of them are in Oct.

    I will be there in spirit cheering you on sister!
    hugs, Jackie
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    You will adore it~ especially if you can either stay ( or go back) after dark to see the Luminarias. I envision the names of all of us here on the boards, and silently chant the names as I do the laps. It centers me, and keeps me focused on the reason for the Relay...and when I can't remember all of us, I simply chant CSN, CSN.

    Have a grand time!

    Hugs,
    Claudia
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    mimivac said:

    Congratulations
    I think it's wonderful that you're doing this, Margo. I hope the experience is all that you want it to be.

    RE: people's concerns about not being ready. I totally understand that. I haven't done one yet and I have wondered why. I finally figured out that I don't really like the idea of people cheering for the survivors. Is that weird or what? It sounds like a wonderful event and maybe one day I will make it, too.

    Have fun, Margo.

    Mimi

    Mimi~

    KathiM and I represented CSN on Capital Hill in 2006, and there were over 10,000 of us at the Relay!! The luminarias were 7 deep around the Reflecting Pool; so awe-inspiring. The sky was dark, spotlights of purple cut thru the night sky, and bagpipers marched while playing Amazing Grace...OMG

    You think you feel wierd cheering Survivors? Each time you post in here, and congratulate someone being clean and clear, or finishing chemo, or making a treatment decision, you are cheering survivors in your eloquent, compassionate way. Not wierd at all....((((HUGS))))

    Hugs,
    Claudia
  • The1percen
    The1percen Member Posts: 135
    chenheart said:

    You will adore it~ especially if you can either stay ( or go back) after dark to see the Luminarias. I envision the names of all of us here on the boards, and silently chant the names as I do the laps. It centers me, and keeps me focused on the reason for the Relay...and when I can't remember all of us, I simply chant CSN, CSN.

    Have a grand time!

    Hugs,
    Claudia

    Luminairias
    Claudia is absolutely positively right on that one!!! It is so emotional, haunting, and beautiful and centering. Once you see them you start thinking about what they represent and how many there are! I didn't march in the survivors lap, I don't deserve that HONOR yet, but I most certainly did my lap as a caregiver and yes I was proud to have people clapping and cheering us on. I was also honored to go to the survivors dinner with my Dad. Hopefully that is all the further I get to go, nothing personal to any of you but I don't want the pruple T-shirt. But if I end up that way, I will wear it proudly and think of people like Marie (a?, I am sorry I didn't get know her, she sounds like such a SPECIAL person!!!
    Mike
  • jgridley
    jgridley Member Posts: 169
    My first relay
    Margo, way to go...My first relay is tomorrow as well. Take it easy and I hope you have a great time.....

    Julie
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    chenheart said:

    Mimi~

    KathiM and I represented CSN on Capital Hill in 2006, and there were over 10,000 of us at the Relay!! The luminarias were 7 deep around the Reflecting Pool; so awe-inspiring. The sky was dark, spotlights of purple cut thru the night sky, and bagpipers marched while playing Amazing Grace...OMG

    You think you feel wierd cheering Survivors? Each time you post in here, and congratulate someone being clean and clear, or finishing chemo, or making a treatment decision, you are cheering survivors in your eloquent, compassionate way. Not wierd at all....((((HUGS))))

    Hugs,
    Claudia

    Claudia
    Yes, I have read posts about you and KathiM's experience on Capitol Hill. I think that's great and I'm sure it was such a magical day. I didn't express myself very well. I wouldn't feel weird cheering on survivors, but I would feel weird if they were cheering ME on. I guess it's the attention. I don't know how the relays work. I imagine being on display as a cancer survivor. People looking at you....
  • Moopy23
    Moopy23 Member Posts: 1,751 Member
    Margo and Julie
    I am sure your experience will be unforgettable and moving like eveyone's has been. And it is something to b proud of.

    I did overdo, though, just from the excitement and events. I ended up walking far more than I should have or was ready to. I paid for it the next few days. So I would caution you to not let your emotions cause you to extend yourself too much.

    I do have to say I felt as Jakeca and Mimi described as far as walking with survivors. I did not do that. I felt self-conscious, and did not feel I had done anything to merit applause. Otherwise, it was a memorable and uplifting evening, to see so much support and commitment to finding a cure. And Jake will love it--all kinds of activities and, I warn you, lots of junk food!

    Looking forward to hearing about your first relay!
  • Christmas Girl
    Christmas Girl Member Posts: 3,682 Member
    jgridley said:

    My first relay
    Margo, way to go...My first relay is tomorrow as well. Take it easy and I hope you have a great time.....

    Julie

    Julie - you GO, girl!
    Hopeful best wishes that you'll truly enjoy and be inspired by your first Relay for Life.

    And, as a fellow cancer survivor - thank you.

    Kind regards, Susan