Sara Talks about Vines & Vibes
August 26, 2018
Tammy was diagnosed at the age of 50 with Stage IV breast cancer. Her breast cancer had spread to her left lung. She underwent seven rounds of chemotherapy, followed by a mastectomy. Since then, she has been on maintenance treatments — two medicines via IV once every three weeks, one oral medication daily. She has routine CT scans, bone scans, echocardiograms, and MRIs to keep an eye on things. She deals with side effects of these maintenance medications and has balance issues, and extreme fatigue, so she uses a cane, a walker, or a wheelchair, depending on where she’s going and how pronounced the side effects are at the time. So you see, the cancer is never out of her mind. It’s always there, looming. She’s come to cherish every minute, to find the joy in all things, to live.
When she heard about the Do It For The Love, she had to check it out. Do It For The Love couldn’t wait to make this dream come true! The night of the concert was extremely special for Tammy. “Our seats were ten rows from the stage. Ten rows! After the show, we didn’t have to wait long before we were taken to the room where we would meet him. When he came to us, it was surreal. This man who I’ve listed to on the radio for thirty years; this man who I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever come in contact with, much less have a conversation with. This man hugged me! He spent more time with us than I imagined he would, and he made sure he autographed everything and answered any of our questions before he moved on to the next group.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a wonderful memory to now have. What I remember most about this experience is the graciousness of Mr. Springfield. He was so incredibly nice, and his smile seemed genuine. He seemed to enjoy meeting every single person in that room, and made us all feel special. I will not soon forget it — his kindness, and yours, for providing the experience to my family. This experience has inspired me to continue to live life, to find joy in everything, to learn how to dance in the rain.”