“It is awfully important, awfully critical, not to let somebody else define your horizons. You’re going to find what it is you want to do and who you want to be, and the last question you want to ask is, ‘Is that what I should do as a result of my gender or my race or my nationality or my disability?’ Just don’t let anybody ask that question. And most importantly, don’t ask it yourself.”
Encouraged by the United States, the establishment of the European Union (EU) provided the solidarity against policies encouraging economic ruin of industrialized countries, which the Treaty of Versailles had failed to accomplish in their treatment of Germany, an indirect cause of World War II, John Maynard Keynes eloquently predicted in the treatise Economic Consequences of the Peace.
I’m honored as the Ambassador for the City of Chicago 4th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser—followed by a special recommendation from LinkedIn. I’m also humbled by the experience promoting the 4th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser in Chicago. It’s such a beautiful event, intimate, and endearing for all the right reasons appealing to the senses that makes one appreciate being alive. The Breast Cancer Fundraiser is a 501c3 nonprofit public charity that reaches out to young professionals to host a simple cocktail party where friends could have a good time while giving back to an important cause—sparking a true “grass-roots” movement all over the U.S. In Chicago, on August 7, 2015 at Parliament, more than $1,000 dollars raised in funds benefited the “Whole Women Health” program at Mercy Hospital—in support of strong and beautiful women surviving their battle with breast cancer. I greatly appreciate friends who helped spread the word and donated to the event to support the 4th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser. The result made a difference.
The reason why I support this cause is because I empathized with the feeling of losing loved ones to an illness like Cancer. From that understanding of the pain experienced by loved ones closest to you, I connected to the countless women who suffered through their own illness. The news about having breast cancer often comes as a shock. Joan Didion eloquently phrased it as, “Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
Like a broken dream, you’re incomplete as the end is near, but there’s an enduring love that’s never missing, keeps you going and fighting to stay alive, to see, to live, to breathe again. From weakness strength is born. Surviving through the suffering that no one else could feel so deeply to become the strong woman you are today. Silence is golden. You are a survivor.