to floydwarriors.com. On October 17th, 2008 my Mom & very Best Friend passed away after 12 years of Stage 4 breast cancer. She was 80. I had an encounter with an Angel that day, that forever changed my life. While she helped with my Mom's passing- I knew she was coming for me.
On December 23rd 2008 my surgeon told me I definitely had cancer. I had an 8 cm tumor that spread to 11/16 lymph nodes...and a 1 year old baby. Surgery, months of treatment ahead...
He assured there were a lot of support groups available. My immediate reaction was, "But how will I 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 this organization called floydwarriors.com -an inspirational healing ministry and resource center to facilitate volunteers helping newly diagnosed cancer patients. The day after surgery,January 10th, I drafted all my pages of floydwarriors.com. By March the website was up and running. To God Be The Glory~
"Helping Families Cope With Cancer, One Household at a Time"
Dinner is Done...
Dishes are Clean...
The Kids are OK!
*2012 Statistics from the National Cancer Society
copyright March 2009
'Helping families cope with cancer, one household at a time' TM
It is almost October 1st...and my vision of painting the town PINK with celebratory ribbons has almost come to fruition. This year needed something special to mark the Anniversary of my Mom's passing- October 17th, 2008. It needed something special to mark the Anniversary of my 5 year mark as a survivor...and a Christian.
I pray still every night - as I did the night I learned my 8 cm tumor had not metastasized. "Dear Lord I will do everything you intend I do- so long as I am able". So long as I can I will share the message God is alive!
I just received word today that floydwarriors.com will soon be receiving a grant for our work with floydwarriors.com. This news comes to very grateful ears and a thankful heart! It is confirmation that the work we have done matters and invigorates us to DO MORE! Togather we can!!! Join us to cheer- STILLWATER TOWN HALL TUESDAY JULY 9th at 4pm.
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-pilotonce 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, cancerhung 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.
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!
floydwarriors.com is here to help you not take cancer lying down... but LOOKING UP!
The night I told my sisters I had cancer...
I was driving to their home & I had a clear vision
it was of a large ocean- the one I was just 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 if I could see the shore at least, I could try to swim. 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. -Now I believe this Ocean 'Vision' truly was Jesus coming in the boat to pick me up. Cool.
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!
"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
Pink Bows on Broadway ~ October 2013
The month of October see our Pink Satin Bows prominently displayed up and down Broadway in Saratoga Springs. These sponsored bows are hung in tribute of several warriors who have fought cancer or battled alongside someone who has.
You will find survivors, lost loved ones, physicians, fundraising warriors, special caregivers, and more honored. Each Hero was sponsored by a business, friend or loved one who wanted to celebrate their greatness with a bow and sponsorship which helps floydwarriors.com continue
"Helping Families Cope With Cancer, One Household at a Time"
If you would like to make an additional donation to the cause- please do!
Be sure to reference in the checkout if the donation is in honor of a
current Hero's ' BOW ON BROADWAY or if you would like to sponsor a new bow.
iWith special THANKS to our generous business sponsors...
Garber Consulting Group, LLC
Hart Alarm Systems
Lifestyles & Nostalgia
Home Instead Senior Care
Lavelle & Finn
New Country Toyota Scion
NY Long Term Care Brokers
Saratoga Chrysler Jeep
Shapes and Colours
Main Event Sponsor- The Dan & Jen Pasek Family, Loudonville, NY
We received a beautiful "Thank You!" from this 'bunny' pictured right. Her Mom was most grateful that her two kids had a wonderful Easter Morning- during a very trying time as Dad endured treatments for Brain Cancer.
A Homefront Hero ...
Bellevue Builders of Schenectady, NY
While floydwarriors.com is helping deliver meals, cleanings and help with kids into a current floydwarrior's home- Bellevue is generously helping as well with providing a terrific discount for some handicap accessible building needs they have as well. Please "Thank" Bellevue with your business.