I came across the blog of one of our mentor angels/volunteers, Jemma, who shared her story about how she became involved with Imerman Angels. Jemma is a two time cancer survivor. She now lives an active life, participating in athletic events for the charities that she supports. Read about this, her experience with our partner charity First Descents, and her cancer survivor story at IAMJEM.
Petr Koukal fought cancer and won. The number 1 Czech badminton player has just heard the good news that his treatment was over and that he can start practicing again. It goes without saying that it is a relief for him, his family and his friends on the circuit.
“Here I am. No more cancer. Healthy.”
“It took three cycles of chemotherapy. Each took five days, each day six hours of infusions. Two weeks break between each cycle. The first two were ok, of course I was not feeling 100% but it wasn’t as hard as I expected. I also played French Open which made me really happy and I enjoyed it so much – to be “on tour” again. That was just great. But it wasn’t good idea to play. My body was really tired and just one day after the match with Dicky I lost all my hair …”
The last chemotherapy was so hard. I could never imagine that I would suffer so much. It was the hardest thing in my life, really. Not only those five days but also next five days I was just feeling so bad and so sick and tired. I know it was necessary to do that and now I am happy it is over. It was very hard experience, but I believe that it will only make me stronger and tougher…”
Read the rest here at Badzine, a site for badminton.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Top 5 Tips for Building the Life You Want” from the Positivity Blog shares some words of wisdom from everyone’s favorite action hero.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.”
Read the rest!
Tomorrow (Friday) is last day to buy tickets for GiveForward’s 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl (this Saturday, Dec 4th) benefiting Imerman Angels. Ticket sales will be limited to the first 300 people and it has already been reported that they have already passed the 250 mark.
You can buy your tickets at www.uglysweaterpubcrawl.com . The first 100 people in the door get santa hats and there’s a $100 cash prize for ugliest sweater. It’s the holiday season, so get marry and unfashionable for a good cause!