My dad played such a vital role in my life and in this journey with #HerYellowRibbon. I remember the day that I had to quit my job in 2013 and I called my dad in tears because I felt like Endometriosis had finally won - it had taken over my life. After listening to my whine, cry, and yell all sorts of angry thoughts through the phone - his response came like a cool breeze on a summer day. It was so soft but heartfelt. He said "Well babe, what are you going to do about it?" At a time when I could have soaked in misery, he encouraged me to stop, take a deep breath, and find a solution! Thus, #HerYellowRibbon was born!
I remember calling him back a few days later and telling him about this crazy idea I had to start an organization that would promote awareness of this condition, so that other women wouldn't have to suffer as badly as I did. He LOVED the idea and told me that he would support me - and that he did. My dad was the first to purchase a t-shirt from our launching fundraiser, he donated money to support, shared the news throughout our local community about what I was doing and always told people how PROUD he was of his "baby-girl" for hitting this thing where it hurts!
When I first lost my dad, I felt lost & incomplete. Here I was coming off of 8 months of helping my mother through breast cancer and suddenly my dad gets sick and passes away. Of course, my first thought was to "take a break!" - and that is what I did. I left #HerYellowRibbon in the dark - I couldn't face trying to encourage others when I was broken. It wasn't as easy as it was back in 2013.
So... after a long break, I finally decided that it was time to get back to what I love - ADVOCATING! #HerYellowRibbon was a project that my dad loved and if he were here today, he would encourage me to get back in action!
Daddy - I'm doing this for you!
The 2017 (long awaited) return of #HerYellowRibbon is here!
I can't wait to share all of my news, updates, information and experiences with you all!