I have the privilege of working with a fabulous group of dedicated adults and youth in the scouting program. I’m amazed at their sacrifice of time and talents they share with boy scouts. They provide energy and resources like no other to help young people grow and succeed.
I invite more to come and take part in this life-changing experience. We are gearing up for another exciting two weeks this July at High Uintah Scout Camp.
In our world, scouting isn’t just a one week experience. We eat, sleep, and breathe it year round! Come live the experience with us!
I was teaching CPR to a group of scouts last night wearing my lime green wrap, when one of the scouts asked, “Why are you wearing that?”
Yes, this is my world and my many looks. After my diagnosis, we took family pictures, I cut and donated my hair, and by day 11 after chemo it started coming out. And it came out fast. I was like a shedding dog every where I went. I could run my hand through my hair and hand my children a handful. Too bad that didn’t happen closer to Halloween, because they thought it was gross at first.
The mohawk didn’t look as good as I would have liked. But I couldn’t comb it up or it would just fall out. The wisps of hair that were left made me feel ancient so that only stayed for one day. When I wear a wig, I feel like I am playing dress up. The hot flashes are enough to melt a glacier and in the end I’ve put up with my husband’s bald head for years so he can put up with mine for a few months. I hope you are laughing with me at all the funny looks. As long as I brought a smile to your face, it was worth it!
“Heavenly Father placed us in this lone and dreary world to teach us what we need to learn so that we may become like Him. Our lives are changed daily by the incorrect decisions of others, by our own poor judgment, by the laws of nature, and by unforseen circumstances in a world that was never designed to be fair.”-Elder Bradley D. Foster
2 Nephi 2:11; John 16:33
“The greatest tragedy is to miss what God wants to teach us through our trials.”
Welcome to our journey through life…We never know what is just around the corner. For me, my life changed dramatically this month. I was diagnosed with breast cancer the day before my 44th birthday. For those that didn’t know, my mother, Uela died from pancreatic cancer in 2008. Her younger sister, Sarah from stomach cancer in 2013 and their mother died in 1990 from Lymphoma.
So as you can imagine, CANCER is not a happy word in my life. Mom and Aunt Sarah were both 66 years old when they died. I remember telling my husband, “That gives me about 25 years left, so we better enjoy them and you better get used to the idea.” Well, I had no idea that just 2 years later it would be in my life.
So why am I sharing? First, for awareness. I was so busy with scouting this year that I signed my own medical form. In defense, I am a nurse (LPN) and know how to take my own weight, pulse, and blood pressure-all that is needed for a scout medical form. But 6 months ago I should have been in for a more complete gynecological screening. One out of 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life. Let me put that into perspective. From just my mom’s side of the family from her parents there are at least 65 grandchildren, at least 154 great-grandchildren, and at least 21 great-great grandchildren. Let’s say 50% of those are girls so that means statistically 15 of my nearest relatives will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Not because they are related but because we live on earth and are women. I’m one of those 15.
Now if I can save the others from the fears that have gone through my head because they get an earlier diagnosis, you bet I want people to know! I want my family to be around and I want my friends to be around for years and years to come. Heavenly Father had to wake me up in the middle of the night for me to find my breast cancer. I am Stage 2B. 93% curable! Stage 0 and Stage 1 are 100% CURABLE!! I want 100% of you to be around to see your children grow up! Please get your screenings.
Second, I believe that I am supposed to LIVE! I believe my friends and family need to know that we can live after cancer. I believe my mom, aunt and grandmother lived courageously with cancer. They are women in my life that I hold on a very high pedestal for their perseverance, virtue, and determination throughout their whole lives. I have often wondered through the last few weeks, why me? Why me when I HATE cancer so much. But with it, I also have to ask myself, why not me? Dad use to say that cancer was a disease of love. It would make me so mad to hear that, knowing my mom was dying from it. I don’t know if I ever understood what he meant but maybe that is what I am supposed to find out.
This much I do know that God lives and loves us all very deeply. He is aware of our needs and will help us in our trials. D&C 122:9 states, “Thy days are known and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not… for God shall be with you forever and ever.” I’m planning on sticking around to raise the rest of my wild & loveable 8 children and grow old with my sweet husband. Let the fight begin!
Starting treatment at Huntsman.
Donating hair before it all goes.
New hairdo. My gem, Liza @ BYU.
Received “influential Women in Scouting” Award.
I had the opportunity to go on the local TV station and talk about scouting! It may be a small town, but the cameras were real. I think I will count it as a BUCKET LIST item.
I just want to clarify the 50 mile hike story. It was 50 miles that you have to complete in 18 hours. The hike was along a portion of the C&O Canal in Maryland. It was called it the Alonzo Stagg Hike. They had check points set up along the trail every 5-10 miles, so there were many opportunities to quit. Also the hike started in the evening and you had to hike through the night.
The first year I hiked with my scout brother, I made it 38 miles. I had to be back for the Homecoming Marching Band performance, so my chance to finish was cut short. I have to say I had some regrets about not finishing, but I don’t know how I could have. My feet were covered in blisters and killing me.
Over the next year I walked all over our community with my family. It wasn’t easy, but I walked 50 miles over that trail four more times. It is a real mental struggle to keep going when you are so tired and your feet hurt. I have great memories of hiking with my brother, sister, and Dad. The challenge was worth it and the location was one of the best of God’s creations.
And it started because my younger brother said the scouts were hiking 50 miles!
When I think of a great Scout Mom, I always think of my mom! She was the one that could shout any cheer, sing any song, or lead any group. My mom wasn’t afraid to dress up and play the goofiest part in any skit. She wasn’t afraid to get down on the ground with the boys and get her uniform dirty either. She just did her job and loved every minute of it. Mom raised 7 boys and not all of them were Eagle scouts, but she gave them every opportunity to get it done. Four of her boys are Eagle scouts and serve in the scouting program. I can remember her going to district cub scout training when we lived in Maryland. The classes were held at the local college and it was a real treat for her to get additional training. When we moved to Utah she attended Akela’s Council and was an avid supporter of it. She knew how to live and breathe scouting. She was honored with the Silver Beaver Award for her many years of service in the scouting program. She is a great example of how to be a great scout mom! It is because of her that I love scouting!! Here’s to you Mom-Uela May Hansen
You ever wonder where all you time goes? I have to say, my life is spent doing scouting. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. I have four children in scouting and I like to help out with what they are doing.
A couple of years ago I taught a cub scout leader class on parent involvement. I brought up that there are soccer moms and hockey moms. Why can’t there be scouting moms too? That’s what I am. I am a scout mom. Sure we do the other activities too, but a lot of my life is filled with scouting! I just finished helping with a cub scout powwow. Next is a Klondike Derby, summer camp staff meetings, merit badge powwow, CPR training and the list goes on and on. Do I regret it? Heaven, no! Although, it would be nice if I were paid for it! In reality, I would miss that chance to be with my kids and helping others to succeed!!
The journey has just begun! Climb aboard and enjoy the fun adventures of scouting! It takes a lot of good leaders and I want you to have every resource possible at your fingertips.
I’m just your average scout leader that always has ideas rolling through my head and not enough notebooks, filing cabinets and totes to keep in all together. So my new goal for the year is to start putting it all in one place. Be patient! I hope to figure this all out (small miracle would be nice!)