Mondays, for me, meant seeing my oncologist and sitting in a chair for about 6 hours to get chemo. For me, it was a weekly routine. So when my chemo nurse kept asking me how much longer before I was seen, I was confused? She popped her head in the room about 5 times while I was waiting, normally she wouldn’t come in at all. When I finally saw my doctor she had asked me “...did you find your shoes?” and while I was a little confused, I tossed her question out of my head.
Walking to my chemo room, the first thing I saw as I walked in was this pretty silver box with a blue bow. As I walked in further, I saw two beautiful ladies who I’ve never seen before, so of course I had to have walked in the wrong room. As I turned around to walk out they asked me my name and told me that the box was actually for me! Nothing good (except a large pepperoni pizza and breadsticks) has ever happened to me at chemo, so I had no idea what could have been inside that box. I’m the type of girl who appreciates the kind thoughts left in cards so naturally I read it before opening the box and the card said, “To kick cancers ass, you’re gonna need a kick ass pair of shoes.” So full of excitement, I took off that silver wrapping paper and saw a blue box that said, “Healing Heels.” I took off the lid and saw something that reminded me that I was a woman, these sparkly blue heels with spikes!
Seeing something so stunning, yet tough at the same time is, to me, the pure definition of a woman. It reminded me of what I had forgotten - that we are strong and beautiful no matter what we go through. Unfortunately, cancer was trying so hard to take from me the things that made me a women. I lost all of my hair and I was soon to lose both of my breasts. So during that time I forgot that I was still a women and my heels reminded me of that. My #SoleSisters remind me of that, and that no matter where each of us are with our battles, done or not, we still are and always will be women. If I ever forget that, I have a group of women in my life who understand, which is something rare to find - someone who truly understands. There is no better feeling than being around people like you, who currently or in the past have went through what you are going through. I am forever thankful for my heels and my sisters for the strength and courage that they have given me, and for reminding me that I am a woman regardless of what cancer throws my way!