Tuesday, November 6, 2012

... meet my friend Vicky ...

Let me introduce you to an amazing woman, counselor, writer, photographer, wife, mother, friend ... my friend ... Vicky Westra.  We somehow met each other a couple of years ago via the blogosphere - I don't even remember how exactly.  Since we met, Vicky has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.  She has shared her journey on her blog, The Westra World and never ceases to inspire her readers with her resilience, resourcefulness, courage, wisdom, kindness and generosity.

In her latest post Vicky shares how she is hoping to redirect some of the energy put into the amazing "pink" campaign of breast cancer awareness into actual research - suggesting that we may have now reached the goal of awareness and that what is really needed at this point is to direct resources into research that will cure and prevent this merciless disease.  If you or any of your loved ones are dealing with breast cancer you may want to support Vicky's hard-earned insight.

You can learn more about how to get involved in the fight against breast cancer from the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.   You can also learn more about Vicky herself from a video aptly called Vicky’s Story, made about her by the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.  


  1. I'm so touched Bonnie- its way more than I could have hoped for! Thank you for articulating so well the exact nature of what the new message needs to be about breast cancer- and all cancers for that matter.

  2. I welcome and support Vicky's perspective - thanks for the links, Bonnie!

  3. Thank you for introducing us to Vicky. :)

  4. Thank you so much Bonnie- i awoke to discover a significant jump in views and shares and I attribute that to you and your wonderful readers!

    I'm honored you would share my story and am ever grateful for the support of our blogging community. Mostly I'm honored to call you friend...

  5. Yes thank you for Vicky and the links. The quote on your pictures is wonderful and reminds me that knowing my best friend had terminal breast cancer meant I was able to hold her and tell her just that.

  6. such a beautifully vivacious looking woman makes the breast cancer diagnosis seem even more shocking, wrong and cruel. Thank you for highlighting both Vicky and the issues.


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