10 Perks of Breast Cansah

1.  Newly found muscles thanks to FREE workout sessions with Joy.

2.  Docs now tend to pay attention when you say you aren’t feeling well.

3.  FREE chardonnay

Given at the SIUE Women’s Basketball Breast Cancer Awareness Game

4.  Learning artistic skills through the complimentary classes offered at COCA for breast cancer survivors.

5.  Perky Boobs

6.  FREE pink t-shirts

Shared Story at the SIUE Breast Cancer Walk and Received this Cute T

7.  Walking more miles than you’d ever dreamed of walking during the course of one weekend.

39.3 Mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

8.  Connecting with some amazing women blessings through Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program (YWBCP).

9.  An unforgettable tale to tell . . .

10.  Living a more intentional, savor-the-moment life.

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild Book Club

Although I finished reading Strayed’s Wild last week, I have been putting off writing about this read because I dread having to return this book to the library.  Wild is definitely a keeper on so many levels.  Strayed writes with such brutal honesty which allows herself (the protagonist in this memoir) to become an actual flawed human being which, in turn, allows the reader to find herself or himself within the text such as I did.  Struggling with the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, Strayed sets out on a journey across the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to find herself, forgive herself, and forget the “what ifs” in life.
A first for me reading this memoir was finding myself laughing aloud again and again while reading about Strayed’s encounters with her U-Dig-It stainless-steel trowel.  Among other uses, this tool was utilized to create a make-shift toilet in the ground.  Having no prior experience with this device combined with Strayed’s blunt description of the undeniable urgings of nature, the visual formed was laugh-out-loud humorous while invoking a sympathetic admiration for the main character.  Fighting fatigue after a recent surgery, I continued to turn Wild’s pages well into the night so that I could rejoice in Strayed’s triumphs along the trail right along with her.
Undoubtedly, a challenge to one’s body would be a fitting way to meet in order to discuss Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.  Perhaps, a team created to benefit breast cancer victims walking a marathon and one-half together as in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Chicago would allow plenty of time to discuss Wild and evaluate one’s life . . .  believe me.

Cheryl Strayed