(Photo: Jennie Grimes)
Meet Jennie Grimes. Isn't she gorgeous? I will tell you that this is a beauty that runs deep to her generous and thoughtful soul and through her big, engaging laugh. Jennie has been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer and has been battling back for the last four years. She has been through variations of chemo. She has become an expert on barf bags. She rocks the port in her chest for easier chemo intake. She has lost her hair through treatment (though in my opinion, her new look only goes to further highlight her bright blue eyes and her contagious smile). And through it all, she has documented her journey in her blog, projecting positivity and perspective that every person in this world should emote, emulate and cling to on a daily basis. She is a gifted writer and a person to be profoundly admired. I could sing her praises for days, months, years, but to get a true sense of this phenomenal woman, I highly encourage you to read her blog in its entirety: Putting The Grrrrr In Grimes.
And as she has self-proclaimed, she is a METAvivor. Metavivor.org, an organization dedicated to the specific fight of women and men living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer, defines a METAvivor as "a thriving community of people living against the odds every day, fighting for the research that could save our lives." In her blog post titled, four, Jennie asks for four things. You can read her post to count them off, but let me emphasize a few important points here.
Only 2% of money raised in cancer research goes towards metastatic disease research; most of the funding goes towards early detection and prevention. While early detection and prevention can and does save lives, the statistics are that 30% of those detected will develop metastatic breast cancer. More money needs to be dedicated to metastatic cancer research so that one day, it too can be considered "preventative".
Please donate to METAvivor.org! This is an organization that gives 100% of your donation to metastatic cancer research. In the spirit of "four", won't you consider giving the price of your daily latte, just $4, or perhaps $14, or $40 or whatever you are compelled to give to make a difference in this fight.
Share Jennie's post, four, on your social media channels. Whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google + or just telling your friends in person to check out Jennie's blog, let's not escape this month of Breast Cancer Awareness without spreading the perspective of someone who is truly living it, every day and every month.
Give yourself a hug. That's right. Jennie wants you to hug yourself because that is who she is. She spreads sunshine, sparkles and glitter where ever she goes. Literally. I opened a card from her once and a pile of glitter fell on my lap. She has cancer-kicking bedazzled cowboy boots and she's been known to rock a tiara during the royal wedding. To quote Jennie:
"Through all of the ups and downs, losses and gains over the past years– the lesson I have truly learned in living a life well-lived…is making a difference. Leaving this world a little better than you found. And sprinkling love and goodness along the way. Sprinkle on, xoxo"
For this woman who gives back so much to the world, I ask that all of you give back to her and other METAvivors by spreading real awareness, not just the color pink.
(Photo: Jennie Grimes)