Photo of author and her husband wearing MN Wild Hockey jerseys
Breast Cancer

Hockey Fights Cancer … Our Models of Determination

Hockey is an obsession in our house.  In fact, the three most important dates in our house are (in no particular order):  the day my husband and I were married, the birth of my daughter, and the day hockey pre-season games start.

Hockey Fights Cancer
Photo of author wearing a purple MN Wild Hockey Jersey sitting next to a Philadelphia Flyers fan
No, I did not let it go unknown that he was in the wrong stadium.

Last night my husband and I attended the MN Wild Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Xcel Center.  We won – yeah!!  I sat next to Philadelphia Flyers fans – boo!!  But did I mention we won?  Ha!  Chants of “scoreboard, scoreboard, scoreboard” are still ringing in my head.

It was a fun and bittersweet night.  Last year, I had just had my mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.  Last year, I was crying during the intermission when they had people show their signs of who they were fighting for.  Last year, I didn’t know what the year ahead was going to look like or how things were going to play out.

Photo of author wearing a purple hockey jersey holding a sign that says I fight for me! Diagnosed 01/13/2016 Triple Negative Breast Cancer

The worst part is, this year was no different.  I still cried during the intermission when they showed the children who are battling cancer.  Many of them since birth, or a very young age.  My heart breaks when I think of what I’ve had to endure these past 22 months and to think of them enduring the same.  It reinforces my ‘Cancer sucks’ and ‘F**k Cancer’ mentality.

Determination of a Child

But the good part of all this were the smiles on these children’s faces.  know they really have.  Oh how it sucks that we have children to be models for us, but oh what a blessing to have such great examples before us to give us the strength and determination and the joy, yes the joy, to keep fighting the fight.

All my love to all those fighting and surviving.  Remember – I’ve got your back!

Until next time, capture life kreatively!


P.S.  For those of you who know me… yes, I harassed the living daylights out of the Flyers fans sitting next to me.  No, I did not harass the Flyers player in the penalty box.  I wanted to… but I restrained myself.  😉

P.P.S.  Check out my Etsy Store for personalizing your t-shirt for the game!!Photo of a young, blonde hair woman wearing a white t-shirt with printing I fight for

At 50 years old I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I am currently NED (no evidence of disease), and trying to spend every day reviewing the world through the new lens I wear as a breast cancer survivor.


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