Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Frocktober the first
Today marks the start of an emotion filled month for me. October has always been that way. It contains my birthday which is associated with a thousand happy memories, but it has also been a month of loss and upheaval in my life. I enter every October with a little trepidation at what it may bring.
In the last few years October has had extra emotions associated with it, grief and gratitude being the prominent two. This is because three years ago I lost a really important person in my life to ovarian cancer and each October I honour her life by fundraising for ovarian cancer research by participating in Frocktober.
I think of Sue every day through October. Her loss is still huge. Just recently I was working on a project for my parent's wedding anniversary and a dozen times I thought to myself that I must ask Sue about this or that only to remember that I can't do that anymore. It seems almost inconceivable that she won't be at the important milestones in my life, even after three years I can't picture a big family gathering without her there.
But while the grief at her loss is still a raw emotion, this month also fills me with gratitude at the support I receive. From my family and friends who support my fundraising with frocks and funds to the businesses that donate prizes for the silent auction at my fundraising dance party Rock Your Frock, I am indebted to so many people for helping me fundraise.
In previous years I have blogged my daily frocks. This year, if you would like to follow my frocking adventures, I've finally caved and switched over to Instagram so you can find me at http://instagram.com/lisablithemoments#
If you are in Canberra, please come along to Rock Your Frock. You don't need to be a "dancer" but you are encouraged to frock up and it is guaranteed to be an amazing night. Rock Your Frock is on 12 October at 7pm at the Harmonie German Club. You can find all the details here: http://rockyourfrock.blogspot.com.au/
And finally, if you feel so inclined you are more than welcome (and hugely thanked) to make a donation at: https://frocktober.everydayhero.com/au/lisa