Pam got involved in painting with the Rare Chair Affair to “show my gratitude to all the people who work so tirelessly to try to find a cure for this awful disease.” She was diagnosed with stage 1, HER2 + breast cancer in January of this year. Pam feels fortunate in that she was stage 1 and that herceptin was available for early stage cancers. She describes this year as being “unusual and stressful for my husband, me and my family. I still can’t say it’s been a bad experience- it has been an experience.” The lack of energy was the hardest thing for Pam although the loss of her eyelashes and hair was not easy either. Pam says, “It has been hard to watch (family and friends) worry about me..”. She worries about potential long term effects of the chemotherapy and radiation as well as the possibility of a recurrence. However, “it doesn’t consume me. It will be what it will be. The cancer family is a BIG family so no one is alone- ever.” Pam is more grateful than she could have ever imagined to have such an incredible husband by her side. She knows that with the support of her husband, her family and her friends she will make it through.
Pam’s Chair: RockerGlide
My name is Pam and my chair is called “RockerGlide” like Harley’s ElectraGlides. It started out as a brown wood rocker and the people who donated it suggested a Harley motif. Since my husband and I both ride, I was happy to take this chair as my project. Initially I had all kinds of wild ideas, like saddle bags on the side, some chrome, fringe, etc. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted this chair to be something that someone would bid on to put in their home and be proud of. Therefore, I didn’t go totally “hog” wild on it! I also wanted there to be something on it for breast cancer since this has been my year. I am very proud to have been able to be a part of the Rare Chair Affair for 2009 and I hope whoever wins my chair enjoys it for many years! I thank them for their contribution to such a very worthy cause.