Light the Night 2017

It’s that time of year again when I ask my friends and family for support in my fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Canada‘s annual Light the Night Fundraiser. I’ve been doing this annual 5KM walk for six years. I started my team, Baby Bean and Friends, after my best friend’s baby Julia passed away at just seven months old from complications of Leukemia. Julia would have turned eleven this year. Then, in 2016 my friend’s family was dealt with another blow when her then six year old niece Rachael was also diagnosed with Leukemia. Rachael is still fighting her battle and is doing well. I also walk for one of my cousin’s who was five years old when she was diagnosed. She is now in her twenties! Thanks to advances in research, patients and their families are better informed and better equipped to fight these horrible diseases!

It’s donations from friends and family that help us out the most! Not only do funds raised in the Prairies, but they also go towards patient and caregiver services, research, and funding to help us eradicate blood cancers.

FACTS ON BLOOD CANCERS: 

  • 138,000 people affected by blood cancers in Canada.
  •  Every 72 minutes, someone with a blood cancer will die.
  • An estimated 138,100 people in Canada are living with, or are in remission from, the following forms of blood cancer:
    • 43,335 with Lymphoma
    • 22,510 with Leukemia
    • 7,455 with Myeloma
    • Up to 40,000 with Myelodysplastic syndromes
    • 14,300 with Polycythemia vera
    • 8,700 with essential Thrombocythermia
    • ​1,800 with Myelofibrosis
  • For most types of blood cancer, the proportion of people who live five or more years after diagnosis has increased significantly over the past decade. The 5 year survival rates range from 42% for Myeloma to 85% for Hodgkin Lymphoma.

HOW DOES YOUR DONATION HELP/WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Proceeds from Light The Night Walk help advance our mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This mission is carried out through funding extensive research for treatments, cures, patient support programs, community outreach and education programs.

• Fund breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients.
• Provides Free educational materials, support programs and events for patients and families.
• Provides local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counselling program.
• Comprehensive, personalized assistance through our Information Resource Centre.
• Educational information sessions for healthcare professionals and non-patient groups.

This event is so very close to my heart. I even spent a summer working for the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Edmonton office. The passion, dedication, and hard work by staff and volunteers alike was inspiring. The patient stories, their victories, their hardships, their losses– kept me and still keep me motivated to make a difference. I hope that you can all help me in this mission! If you’d like to join my team, or donate (any amount helps!), please click the link! My team mates and I will be forever grateful! If  you have any questions, please email me at tridevidiva@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Teresa and Team Baby Bean and Friends!LTN

 

 

 

Greg is HOME!!!

It’s been a long while since I’ve written anything and the last time I did, it was to share Gregory, a foster dog with Barrhead Animal Rescue Society (BARS), that had gone missing. Well, I am super stoked to announce that after SIX long months, Gregory was finally captured on July 13, 2017! He is now currently being cared for at Waggytails Dog Daycare. So I get to see him everyday while I am at work. He’s doing really well. Loves the other dogs. His main obstacle is trusting humans, but he is slowly starting to trust his daycare “aunties.” It’s been such a huge relief to have this boy back!

Rescue can be bittersweet, sad, frustrating, enraging, and downright soul-crushing. But it’s stories like Greg’s that give me hope. I had almost given up hope of BARS getting him back. But then, a miracle happened and Greg was found and is back in care. And the best part? He seems to be okay! Someone or a few someones out their must have been feeding him. Greg’s a survivor and gives me hope for all the lost pets out there.

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MISSING DOG!!

Gregory is missing! He is a foster dog with Barrhead Animal Rescue Society, a rescue organization that I volunteer with. Gregory was originally brought to BARS from the Northwest Territories from a horrible hoarding situation. He was then brought to Waggytails Dog Daycare in Edmonton to start his rehabilitation under the care of Leah Walsh and her staff and trainers. Gregory made huge progress while at Waggytails and was able to move on to a foster home to further his rehab.

On February 27, 2017 while out for a walk with is family out in Morinville, Gregory managed to slip out of his harness. This was in the vicinity of the Morinville fire station. Gregory is an EXTREMELY timid dog. He will run if called or chased. On behalf of BARS, I am asking you to please keep your eyes open for any sightings of Gregory. If you see him, please contact BARS at 780.307.6590. We need to get Gregory home.

His story is close to my heart. As a trainer and staff member at Waggytails, I got to know Gregory and see his transformation from a shut-down, terrified dog to a shy, curious, and sweet boy. While Gregory has come along way in his rehabilitation, he has a long way to go in learning to trust humans. He needs to come home to those that love him.

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One Second Everyday 2016

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Another year is over and another one has begun. Last year was a whirlwind of ups and downs. It seemed like there were more downs than ups, but there was some good and right now, I am choosing to focus on that. I’ve included a link to my One Second Everyday video. It’s from an app called One Second Everyday, and you basically just record a second of video everyday, or upload a picture and the app mashes it all together into a video at the end of the year. I love it and so do many of my friends! So, without any more preamble click the link and check it out!

One Second Everyday 2016

Choices

Choices. There are so many choices to make everyday. Some are simple. What to eat for breakfast. Which shoes to wear. Others are harder. They need more thought. Which house should I buy? Should I get life insurance?  How do we know which choice to make? How do we know that we are making the right one? Sometimes we make the right choice. We feel satisfaction and know that our decision is sound. But what happens when we make the wrong choice? What if you thought it was the right thing to do, but it ends up being wrong? What if we regret the choice we make and want to take it back? What if we can’t? What if the choices we make impact not only ourselves, but others? Perhaps the decisions others make have an effect on us even if we are unaware of what was decided? What happens if we aren’t a part of the decision-making process? How should we feel if the end result isn’t what we wanted, or expected? What do we do if we expect it, but can’t control it? Or, if we can control the outcome but not the reactions to it?

Life is all about choices and the effects that they have on our lives. Worrying about their outcome can cause us stress… But, it can also help us to thoroughly think about all possibilities before jumping to conclusions and making the wrong choice.

But how do we know if we’ve thought about a decision too little, enough, or too much? 2roads

How do we know which road to take?

Floating

Immersed.

Enveloped by the warmth.

Floating.

Surrounded by the silence.

Drifting.

The light gets dark and turns to black.

Sightless.

The darkness takes over but isn’t threatening.

Sinking.

The feeling of weightlessness takes over.

Comforting.

The everyday floats away.

Flowing.

The water washes away everything.

 

Floating.

Adrift in the water.

Drowning.

Never felt so good.

Random Creative Writing.

She pulled the knife from her chest and smiled.

“Was that supposed to hurt?” She pondered aloud while examining the knife. Hmm… no blood. Guess that armor works after all. Grabbing a cloth from the desk above her, she polished the knife so that there were no fingerprints left on it. Hers or otherwise. She didn’t want to accuse anyone of anything. People take things so seriously these days.  No, it’s better that no one know about this. Not yet anyways. Evidence would appear again. Nothing stays hidden for long. Being what she was, there was no way the evidence wouldn’t surface again. She just wasn’t ready for that to happen right now.

As for the person who tried to kill her with the knife, she knew he’d try again. And the next time, she wouldn’t be knocked down.