I remember that very moment when my mom told me the news. I felt like my whole life just crumbled right before my eyes. You always think that something like that would never happen to someone so close to you but when it does, you immediately think the worse. Aunt Bev was someone I could tell anything and everything to. She may have been over 50 years older than me but her and I had a bond that was like no other. The two of us together had no filter and endless laughs. At that moment for the first time in my life I, Kelly Renee Rosebud was speechless and didn't know how to handle the situation. I asked myself for days"What do I say to her that won't offend her? Do I act normal like I don't even know she has cancer? Do I ask her how she is feeling? Wait, she feels like shit? Why would I ask her that? Do I ask her when she starts treatment? What do I honestly say to someone who just got diagnosed with cancer? " When I finally had the courage to call her she immediately told me that she knew exactly how I was feeling and before I could even ask a question she said to me "Kelly, I WILL fight this!" I broke down and lost it. I told her if I had one piece of advice to give her that would be to always remember "P.A.C.E.". Positive. Attitude. Changes. Everything. My third grade teacher Miss Tomasello taught me that and here 21 years later I am still a firm believer of that.
About a year after Aunt Bev completed treatment I had the pleasure of meeting The Queen herself....Momma Mo. She INSTANTLY reminded me of my Aunt Bev. High spirits, hilarious, and well....no filter. She instantly had a special place in my heart. I remember hearing the news about a year after my Aunt got diagnosed with lung cancer that Momma Mo got diagnosed in 2014. Once again, I felt speechless but being reminded of how Aunt Bev and The Queen herself were so much alike, I immediately said to Kara "She WILL fight this like my Aunt did!"
2019 Aunt Bev is STILL going strong and a 6 year Lung Cancer Survivor! She is stronger and spunkier than ever! This June 2019 Momma Mo has been a 5 year Lung Cancer Survivor still stronger and spunkier than ever and is HUGE in the Lung Force Community. I am truly honored to be able to walk next to her every year and be a part of The Queen's Bees and participate in other amazing events to raise money and awareness for Lung Cancer.
I would like to invite you ALL on behalf of the Queen herself to join an amazing team to raise awareness and beat lung cancer. If you are unable to donate, please, please, please join the amazing Queen Bee's Team and walk with us on Sunday September 22nd @
Independence Grove Forest Preserve 16400 Buckley Road Libertyville, IL 60048.
If you would like more information on this please message me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward you information.
Thank you for your time and I truly hope you can walk beside me along with a wonderful group of people!
With love and big hair,
Rosebud aka Kelly