OCTOBER IS ABOUT HER
Posted by KATHERINE HOLLAND at 5:45 am
October 2nd, 2011
You may not know this, but people all over Toronto are running for women they love right now. Starting at 10am, the Run for the Cure kicks off the 5K run on behalf of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year, support grew to 170,000 participants, raising a total of 33 million dollars for the foundation, and this year they're hoping for even more.
If you've never known anyone with breast cancer, it's probably pretty hard to motivate yourself to get out and run this morning. It's currently 5 degrees and raining, and maybe not ideal for donning little pink shorts. But if that's enough to stop you, maybe you should check out the W Network's new documentary, ABOUT HER.
Directed by Phyllis Ellis, the documentary tells the story of 9 women diagnosed with HER2+, the most aggressive form of breast cancer. Before the film, I had never even heard of HER2+. But after the film, I could never forget it.
The women in the film are different in so many ways, but HER2+ sends them all on very similar journeys. These women are honest, funny, charming, and so giving of themselves in the film that my eyes are welling up even as I type this. Through the surgeries and the radiation these women get so much taken away from them, both physically and mentally. But the women that sat in front of me at the Q&A were some of the bravest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
When moderator Erica Ehmm asked if this experience has made them stronger, the answers were alarmingly honest, "no". We like to tell ourselves that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, and I hear it in my own ears everytime I'm faced with difficult times, but sometimes the reality is a different story, and yet in its own way much more inspiring.
These women are scared. They are terrified that the cancer will return, everyday. And yet they got dressed up, they did their hair (that is only just returning after the radiation), and they came out to speak at a screening where they were forced to relive every part of the hardest part of their lives. They relived everything they were terrified of, and tried to be as helpful and positive as they could. They knew that of the 9 women documented, only 7 women remained.
And yet they came, and they told their story, and they cried with us. All to bring awareness to the thing that has changed them forever.
So I think we owe it to them to watch. Wednesday, October 5 at 7pm ET/PT on W Network. The documentary will also be broadcast on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) on Saturday, Oct 15 at 7pm ET.
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