When I found out about it I let my dad know and I asked if he would be able to be there that day. He told me in an email (which was our main means of communication) that it was great news and he would be there if he could, if he was still around. I wondered that much as well. As the date drew closer I would bring it up and he began telling me he wasn't sure. When I saw him on his birthday in April I finally saw how sick and weak he had become. I stopped asking. I still secretly hoped he would be there. He died on June 2nd and I gave my speech a week later on the 10th. Wondering how the hell I would still be able to do it I knew somehow I had to, it was too important to me. I didn't want to let anyone down most of all myself. It was very hard to get up in front a room full of people with all the sadness in my heart. It was hard to be at an event to celebrate my own cancer survivorship when he just lost his life to cancer. But I did it, enjoyed it and hopefully inspired everyone there. I even made them laugh! Although I had just lost so much somehow I hung on to my sarcasm.
I thought of my dad and wished that he could have seen me, that he could have been there. In a way it was like he made sure he was....
Click here and head on over to the page for the video clip of my speech. Beware though it is 25 minutes long, but I think it is worth it! :)
Let me know what you guys think!