Hi, guys. It’s Brooke Desserich. I’m the co-founder of The Cure Starts Now and Cancer Rebel. I’ll point out the most obvious. We wound up shaving my head a few days ago because my hair was coming out in huge clumps, so I just decided to shave it all off. I don’t think it looks that bad. I actually feel pretty empowered by it. I know that sounds crazy, but I’m going with it.
So many of you have reached out to me and remarking to me about how you don’t know how I stay so positive through all this. I don’t know that I have an option otherwise. This is a pretty bad diagnosis, but if kids, who have a far worse diagnosis can brave through it, I certainly need to do that as well. I owe it to them to be as strong as they are. I owe to them to stay positive because I need to focus on them. I need to focus on these kids who are battling cancer, first and foremost, and I don’t have the time. I don’t have any other option than to fight for myself so that I can continue to fight for these kids. And, they’re pretty brave.
I’ve been working like a maniac this week to get everything I needed done. I knew that next week after chemo, I was going to be unable to do much of anything, so I’ve been working double time trying to get stuff done. But, like I said, I do it for the kids, and there’s no other option. When Elena passed away, I had the option of crawling up in a ball and feeling bad for myself or I had the option of fighting for other kids just like Elena. And I decided to fight, and that’s why I’m fighting right now.
I’ve got to stay positive, because I’ve got to be a good role model to these kids. And I need to get back in the saddle and be able to be pushing as hard as I was before this diagnosis, so thank you again for all of the good wishes. I asked for ideas for chemo movies, and I enjoyed all of those, so thank you, but keep them coming. Please keep sharing this website. Keep sharing the message, because that’s super important as well. It’s truly what’s funding research, what’s helping kids, and what’s driving us and empowering other people who are battling cancer. So keep sharing, and keep sharing this message.