to floydwarriors.com. On December 23rd 2008 my surgeon told me I definitely had cancer. He assured there were a lot of support groups available. My immediate reaction was, "But how will I possibly put food on my table, clean and take care of my family?" He said nothing like that, as far as he knew, existed. "I guess I'll have to start that organization!" I promised.
I saw this mission as a very rare opportunity to share with the world how God is alive and well and living through us. While at St. Peter's Hospital for a bilateral mastectomy I was totally inspired to create a website called floydwarriors.com -an inspirational healing ministry and resource center to facilitate volunteers helping loved ones newly diagnosed with cancer. The day after surgery I drafted all my pages- they're on my desk still.
When I went for my pathology report after surgery, I hoped in a very strange way I would have a large enough tumor so more people than not could relate to me ... I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer Stage 3- an 8 cm tumor with 11/16 lymph nodes involved
and Nothing is a coincidence.
This website was designed to serve a few roles. I hope it helps you coordinate your volunteers or provide you with help, if needed. Through Lotsa Helping Hands you can set up your own Army or connect through floydwarriors.com so we may help you create your community calendar. Enjoy everything else this inspirational source provides. -heal Lisa xo!
Dinner is Done...
Dishes are Clean...
The Kids are OK!
*2012 Statistics from the National Cancer Society
'Helping families cope with cancer, one household at a time' TM
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The Cheney Family of Ballston Spa, NY
In Loving Memory of Michael Shay Callen- from Mary Thomas
In Loving Memory of my dear friend Marie Meyers Cooper- from Ellen Tyack
The Richer Family
The Simon Family
Carol & Tom Dooley
Shirley and Fred Renzi
In Loving Memory of Len Kosinski- From the Becker Family
Julie & Nick Annotto
Emily Coates- London, England
The Lawler Family- Ballston Lake, NY
Carabba Locke LLP- NY, NY
Kids Club- Ballston Spa, NY
The D'Annibale Family- Clifton Park, NY
In Memory of Violet De Nyse- Judy Miller, Baiting Hollow, NY
House of Creative Soul
Northeastern Fine Jewelry
Mrs. Beverly Brown
My Journey- story behind floydwarriors.com
It started weeks before I was diagnosed...
The easiest and hardest thing I believe one can do is to totally surrender...
Not to defeat, but to Faith.
Pictures from ANNUAL PROJECT EASTER BUNNY 2013
'Preach the Gospel at all times
and when neccessary use words'
-St. Francis of Assisi
by lisa morahan on 10/03/11
Do you ever drive and after a few minutes have that strike of fear in your heart that time passed while you were daydreaming at the wheel and you hardly paid attention to the road? Driving has a way of doing that, but today I noticed something that snapped me out of that wandering, before my heart skipped. I was driving behind a big, yellow schoolbus and noticed a handwritten sign in the back window. Children on Board. I had to read it a second time, because I always tend to drive behind schoolbusses, assuming there are kids on board. I am always more cautious around schoolbusses, but what this sign said to me was some people need to be TOLD there are kids aboard, the big, yellow bus was not enough. Apparently the driver knew the sign made a difference. Of course that sent my thoughts reeling, thus entering my driving into auto-pilot once again. Cancer, with the bald head and scarfs, cause people to see your sign as Young Woman Dying Tomorrow or Poor Mom Has Cancer!. So invariably people tended to drive a little slower around me. They gave me the right of way. They were nicer. I, like the driver, knew the difference. We are put on Earth in our perfect yellow busses, but we do not see each other through considerate, compassionate eyes always. Is it not enough we are Gods children, already needing a kind word, a helping hand just being a young woman or Mom. No, unfortuately in todays society you need to go that one extra step, as the bus driver had. In this case, cancer hung the sign in my window. As my hair is coming back, my sign is no longer as visible. A lady just yesterday was quite disgusted she thought I cut ahead of her in line. Welcome back to the life of the living Proceed With Caution.
by lisa morahan on 04/08/11
I sit here tonight looking at this picture I have of JC on my desk.
I felt anxious about this great opportunity to be on the radio tomorrow to share what floydwarriors.com is on the air. I wondered why was I chosen to share this message. I was insufferably shy as a child and then in my teens experienced horrible anxiety and severe panic attacks speaking in front of people. I know the message is greater than myself but who is chosen for such an incredible opportunity but the insufferably shy kid, panic stricken teenager.
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a protitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
John the Baptist ate bugs
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer
and Lazarus was dead!
GOD CAN USE YOU TO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL. BESIDES YOU AREN'T THE MESSAGE, YOU ARE JUST THE MESSENGER!
by lisa morahan on 03/30/11
and so I thought, "Lord I can't take any bread for I'm not hungry" and He spoke to my heart and said, "You, though, should because you can share it".
by lisa morahan on 03/14/11
I pray you might read this and come out to support this wonderful cause!
Sunday March 20th at 3pm friends and loved ones will gather for Kristen Shinebarger at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs. I hope strangers too will gather- and give. Give in a way, a very basic way the family needs, and in doing so shows them we are not strangers;we are all brothers and sisters of Christ- exuding his unbelievable love and grace, kindness and light. How special, how wonderfully perfect that He walked and fell so we can today- in His direction and in His way.
We are all so miserably short- short of all we can be. Moments though presented to us- such as this- we can embrace His love and give it. Thank you Lord Jesus, for belief and the power -to feel the hug and give it back! xo!
Thank you, forever and a day- thank you!
by lisa morahan on 02/02/11
Come out Friday February 4th to Spa State Park for the candlelight snowshoe and ski and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and help support our 7 year old floydwarrior Hannah- going to Boston for a bone marrow transplant thanks to her younger sister.
Please be part of the Army of Help that surrounds us and show Hannah your support!
EASTER 2009 -This is Caden & I (left)...
too weak to make just one basket for him. I thought, "Next year I would make up for it!" and we did! 100 baskets in 2010, 135 baskets in 2011, 190 in 2012 and 225 in 2013!
floydwarriors.com is here to help you not take cancer lying down...
but LOOKING UP!
When I was diagnosed...
it threw me into a position I had never been in. I was given something to contend with so much greater than I could fix by myself. It was then I had a vision of a large ocean I was tossed into. I thought I could swim and swim to save myself, struggling against the current and put up a really good fight to live. I thought I could do that a few days without drowning. Reality hit and I realized I could not save myself. I then imagined not fighting; lying back and totally surrendering my need, my instinctive urge to fight. I would float and rely on the great unknown that lie beneath me that I knew would hold me much longer if I simply let it. This great ocean I was tossed into I once thought was my demise, soon turned into a sea that would save me. My position hadn’t changed at all but my perception did.
So yes, I guess people do seem to find God when they hit rock bottom that is because people usually choose to swim and nearly drown before surrendering, not to defeat but to faith. This realization the night I was diagnosed was the most liberating moment of my life. As crazy as it sounds cancer freed me. Thank You God.
This little girl's Dad is going through treatments for brain cancer and her Mom was so thankful to have a nice surprise for her little girl. Her Thank You note was so nice!
This was the sky the weekend Caden was born and I knew Angels were above me!
Renee Russell from Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center- Saratoga
NYOH Nurses receive baskets
The Community Hospice of Saratoga's
Joyce Crawford receives baskets
Thank you very much for visiting floydwarriors.com. The intent of floydwarriors.com is to provide individuals newly diagnosed with cancer with a with a wide variety of services from real help in the home to basic emotional support. All help gifted by volunteers is purely by good will and with the understanding that the recipient will not hold liable either floydwarriors or its representatives for any kind of wrongful conduct, information, services or the like that may be given. Our volunteers are not trained just caring individuals who mostly have been impacted by cancer themselves in some way and want to give back. Others just want to give. Please seek all medical & psychological counseling from skilled trained, professionals.
We believe people in essence are good and that is why we have gone ahead and assembled this Army of Help That Surrounds You!
ANNUAL PROJECT EASTER BUNNY 2013
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED- 225 BASKETS MADE!
"Dear Lisa - I am currently going through chemotherapy for breast cancer at Glens Falls Hospital. On Tuesday, which was my last treatment (hurray!), the nurse brought in three Easter baskets for my three girls. Thank you very much from all of us.
Thank you and Happy Easter to you and your family"
-Joy Smith and family 2012
THANK YOU TO OUR DROP SITES:
CR Wood Center Glens Falls Hospital, West Ave YMCA (healthy treats!), Malta Community Center, The Good Morning Breakfast Cafe Ballston Spa, The Hope Club Latham, Bella Rouge in Clifton Park and G. Willikers in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Baskets will be delivered to several area cancer organizations in the Capital Region including CR Wood Center, The Community Hospice of Saratoga, Mollie Wilmott Radiation Oncology, The Hope Club, NYOH, Samaritan Hospital, CRAAB, To Life!, and families helped by Simplifying Lives and floydwarriors.com. It is our hope a family does not have to wake up Easter Morning without a nice surprise for their children.
We added Samaritan Hospital this year- and boy we're they THANKFUL!!! Sabrina was an Angel!
Pink Bows on Broadway ~ October 2013
Floydwarriors.com ‘Helping Families Cope with Cancer, One Household at a Time” is currently seeking nominations for its ‘2013 Pink Bows on Broadway’ campaign. Pink satin bows, prominently displayed up and down Broadway in Saratoga Springs during the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will feature Capital Region Heroes who have fought breast cancer or battled alongside someone who has. Nominees sought shall include: survivors, lost loved ones, physicians, fundraising warriors, special caregivers, family/friends, and any other person that deserves recognition for their involvement in the war against breast cancer.
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